Wednesday, October 20, 2010

So, What's New?

Nurses have long used the tradition of, “Watch one, do one, teach one,” as a way to learn new skills and pass on their experience to other nurses.

When is the last time you were taught? When is the last time you taught others?

Early in life our parents show us the ropes; then we look to our peers to gain the skills we need to move through life and, hopefully, we learn are exposed to socialization and practical skills in some sort of educational setting.

But, once out of school and away from our families, how do we continue to learn?

If you’re smart you have some sort of self-directed learning program (whether you realize it or not) that helps you acquire the knowledge you need to move through life.

Unfortunately, at least 70 percent of the population never reads an entire book after they exit formal educational settings. You can get some information from the Internet if you’re pretty focused. But, the best way to learn is still the oldest, from others.

Do you have a mentor? Are you mentoring someone else?

Your mentor does not have to be face-to-face, they can be in books, videos, CDs or other technological delivery systems.

Whataya want to know? What do you need to know? How will you learn it?

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