title:Learning is a Lifestyle – Why You Can’t Turn Your Back on Learning author:Cathy Warschaw source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/education/article_94.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:09 category:education article:

In today?s society, everyone must think about ?Future Proofing? them selves. There was a time when leaving school marked the end of learning. Unfortunately, it’s not like that today. What you know, understand and can do when you start work becomes quickly outdated. Everyone needs to keep learning so that they can cope with changes, new developments and standards at work.
There is a special need for healthcare workers to keep their skills sharp. According to The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, educational activities in the healthcare profession should be, ?? focused on developing a multi-perspective and the tools associated with it, including leadership tools, appropriate feedback mechanisms, and strategies for conflict identification and resolution.?*
You have heard the saying, ?use it or lose it? in many different ways. Well, learning is like any other skill; you must use your learning skills often to keep your brain fine-tuned to the prospect of learning. It’s essential to:
?Exercise your skills ? read, watch, listen, work with other people, ask questions, solve problems, share ideas, take courses.
?Be organized ? make sure you’ve got everything you need, including time and space
?Get support ? Be bold in asking for help
?Review what you learn ? forgetting is easier than remembering
?Recognize what motivates you ? keep going by reminding yourself why you’re learning and what you want to achieve in the end.
Take inventory of your skills at least twice a year. Set goals to develop your technical and interpersonal skills to be the most valuable asset to your patients and your team. Watch for next month?s article on how to set and achieve ?SMART? goals.
As Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), US (German-born) physicist once said, ‘Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.’
* J Contin Educ Health Prof 1997; 17(4):224-227The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions , Volume 17, Issue 4, Fall 1997.
“Changing Lives…One Career at a Time.”

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