FRICTION

Nurses are sharers.

They share information about their patients during and at the change of shift.

The change of shift is an opportunity to share what they have discovered over the course of the working day.

The information is succinct, informative, very important, occasionally humourous, sometimes sad and always with the care of the patient as a matter of utmost importance.

So what happens when nurses are expected to attend sessions about continuous professional development (CPD).

The sessions are dry and dusty, sometimes pompous and occasionally incomprehensible.

There is a friction that occurs between continuous professional development sessions and what happens naturally among nurses every day.

The friction arises from the difficulties that comes from attending and paying for conferences, seminars, inservice, etc.

It is another chore that nurses have to do in their busy lives: personal and professional.

You have probably sat in one of those dry and dusty sessions and you were mentally ticking off in your head what other things you should be doing and did I send “Jane” to school with the money for that excursion.

Then there is the cost of attending the CPD – the travel, the meals, the accommodation, and the child care.

AND the cost of paying to be there.

The value of all of this is difficult to quantify.

Other then that you can claim the time put in collecting those all important CPD hours.

It can be a great way to meet fellow professionals with the same interests.  

There has to be a better way that nurses can achieve their CPD hours other than sitting at another CPD session.

Nurses are required to undertake a certain number of CPD hours each year.

There is no hiding the fact that this is a pain.

At the moment, Autonomicly provides a weekly update that nurses find relevant to them.

The weekly update has covered research that is relevant to nurses in a way that they can relate to.

There is more than one way to share information.

And Autonomicly uses podcasts, book reviews, tv programmes, health apps used on smart phones, articles from great magazines, and sometimes we will access an article from one of those “dry and dusty” journals.

Coming soon, Autonomicly will be introducing the future of CPD for nurses.

Like the weekly update, it will be bright, breezy and relevant to nurses in the modern world who want to provide better patient care.