Continuing Education

Continuing professional education is essential for the personal and professional development of nurses and for advancement of the nursing profession.

To promote continuing professional education in nursing, Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society:

1. Provide nurses with access to learning and best practice resources with products, services and delivery options that are relevant, current, cost-effective and appropriate for members needs.

2. Facilitate, support and/or sponsor diverse continuing professional education activities to meet changing and emerging practice needs and environments.

3. Develop a national database to assist nurses in identifying continuing professional education resources for their learning needs.

4. Facilitate access to research-based evidence to assist with acquiring new knowledge and to facilitate integration of research into practice.

5. Pursue partnerships (e.g. with affiliate nursing and health-relatd organizations, government, professional and consumer associations, and health organizations) to develop and sponsor continuing education products and services that meet member learning needs.


There are many reasons for participation in continuing education including professional advancement, employer obligations, regulatory requirements for professional growth and competency, and personal interest. The ultimate goal of continuing education for nurses is to maximize the well-being of those for whom the nurse is professionally responsible (Harvey, 1983). Continuing professional education allows nurses to remain abreast of current information, avoid information obsolescence and thus provide improved service to the public as well as demonstrate that the profession of nursing is capable and committed to self-improvement and self-regulation (Hobson, 1990).

Continuing professional education is concerned primarily with personal and professional development and is deemed necessary by advances in knowledge (Jarvis, 1995).


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Harvey, L.M. (1983). Continuing education and the geographically isolated therapist. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 50, 125-132.

Hobson, S.J.G. (1990). A field analysis of continuing professional education in occupational therapy. Antigonish, NS: Saint Francis Xavier University.

Jarvis, P. (1995). Adult and continuing education: Theory and practice. (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.