Getting your diploma or degree, or even a post-grad certificate, is a bit like getting your driver’s license: you’re knowledgeable and skillful enough to be trusted to act independently but still lack the familiarity and nous that comes through experience, mistakes and time. Traditionally, ongoing learning may have taken the form of in-service education and post-graduate studies as well as participation in workshops and symposia, often organised by specialist groups and Colleges.
The evolution of the Internet to facilitate greater sharing of audio-visual content, collaboration and development of learning platforms has seen the emergence of new modes of learning, formal and informal. The emergence of Free, Open Access Medical Education (FOAMEd) and the nursing subcategory (FOANed) is testament to this change, and anyone who has completed a nursing course in the last few years would likely have seen content such as Khan Academy, Armando Hasudungan and Osmosis form a significant portion of their formal education content.
Drawing on Patricia Benner’s 5-step model of nursing expertise development, Nurse Zed aims to help early career nurses achieve competency in their daily practice. This means being able to draw on fundamental anatomical, physiological and nursing knowledge to recognise physiological and organisational cues for action and begin to apply critical systems of thinking to prioritise and respond appropriately. To that end, this page highlights three categories of CPD: anatomy and physiology resources, nursing practice resources and formal education resources that combine the two.
Don’t forget to also have a look at our recommended podcasts and vlogs for other useful resources!