Making the Most of Continued Education Classes

Health Care Workers: what did you do for your Continued Education Units last year?

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Many of us working in health care, especially the past few years, have been scrambling to get our required classes completed due to limited options and dwindling health care budgets. Even prior to Covid 19, many of us were working long hours, completing documentation on unpaid time, and paying out of our own pockets for our continued education hours. It has been difficult for health care workers to get time off (especially paid time), and then to find financial resources to attend quality education classes that renew our passion for patient care. I have unfortunately frequently waited until the end of the year to try to find free classes, or just cram in the least expensive on line courses. Over the past 32 years, I may have even completed a course or two on December 31st!! Not a great idea:( When I find myself pressed for time and choices, I am not able to prioritize the classes that motivate and challenge me to grow, and keep me excited about helping people.

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I am relieved to share that over the last several years I made some positive changes. This has allowed me to find better deals, but also reflect and take courses that help me provide improved outcomes for my clients. Of course that leads to increased job satisfaction and enjoyment with work. So, don’t wait until the end of the year, start preparing now!! After over 30 years of taking Continued Education classes for my job in health care, here are a few thoughts to help make your choices more meaningful:

Make the most of continued education by taking classes you can readily apply at your workplace.

  1. Consider the different areas of the body that you might work with- cardiac, respiratory, musculoskeletal, mental, neuro, wound/skin care, etc. What do you enjoy learning about the most?
  2. What bodily system or disease process is most challenging to you to treat? Maybe you could choose a course that would help you feel more prepared in that area, and improve your job satisfaction.
  3. Is there a weak link or area of limited knowledge in your workplace that you could learn about to help fill a gap at work? Doing that may increase your value and possibly your paycheck.

Invest in a quality education platform that will allow you to explore a variety of areas and classes that you are interested in for one low cost:

Click this link, and use the code CREATIVEHOMETHERAPY for a great discount (the lowest discount offered) on a quality continued education platform: MEDBRIDGE

Just to say THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT- if you use the CREATIVEHOMETHERAPY code for a MEDBRIDGE discount- email me to let me know, and I will send you a free packet of 10 downloadable printable handouts for patient care!

Challenge yourself with continued education classes that can contribute to developing your personal and professional growth.

1. Take a course that allows you to develop a new skill. Is there a class you could take which would give you more opportunity for different roles and duties? Consider classes in health law, management, private practice, technology, communication, marketing, and coding as well.

2. Is there a certification you could work toward that would make you more marketable if you decided to look for a new position or job?

3. Take some challenging classes, as they can help you stay sharp mentally, and help you to be innovative in your work.

For a long time I wanted to take a Fall Prevention Certification Class, and last year I invested in myself and did it! I have put that knowledge to use with my patient care. It has also given me an increase in job satisfaction, and greater creativity with how I work with clients.

Invest in a quality education platform that will allow you to explore and find pathways to prepare for certifications and specialties. Click this link, and use the code CREATIVEHOMETHERAPY for a great discount (the lowest discount offered) on a quality continued education platform: MEDBRIDGE

The promo code CREATIVEHOMETHERAPY will save you $150 off the regular full price of an individual subscription, so the discounted prices are: 

  • $225 for PT/AT/OT/RN Education (all courses)
  • $275 for PT/AT/OT/RN Premium (Education, plus HEP builder, patient education)
  • $120 for SLP Education (SLP courses only)
  • $170 for SLP Premium (SLP Education plus HEP builder, patient education)

These prices are the lowest prices that you can purchase a subscription for, so you have the best possible price available:)

Take continued education classes that allow you to make the most of investing in your future plans.

1. Where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? Set a goal and choose classes and pathways that will help you get there!

2. If you are not aware of your strengths or gifting, here are two great tests that can guide you to finding a a great fit: Clifton Strengths Assessment is an excellent career/job focussed assessment and the Gifts, Passions, Story Assessment (GPS) is a spiritually focused assessment. I have found them both to be very helpful!

3. Consider classes in health law, management, private practice, technology, communication, marketing, and coding as well. A class like that could lead to new skills that would make you more marketable if you decided to look for a new job!

I recently took a class in medicare billing and documentation to prepare for a long time goal of starting a small private practice. I completed Continued Ed credits and was able to access information I needed to help achieve a personal goal.

Use continued education classes as an opportunity to build relationships and network.

1. Consider your local community college or professional organizations, as you may be able to meet and network with local professionals in your field there. They may also have some lower cost classes, certifications, or bundles that you could purchase.

2. Is there someone at work who wants to take a class together? Building relationships with coworkers is very helpful for enjoyment at the workplace.

A few concepts that have helped me choose classes and gain greater job satisfaction:

1. Know your weaknesses. Minimize the time you spend doing things that you do not enjoy. Don’t volunteer for the Quality Assurance team if you hate details. I did this to try it and regretted it- but it did help me figure out what I didn’t like. As well, I learned more about good documentation 🙂

2. Maximize time with activities that allow you to work in your areas of strength. If you love hospitality, volunteer for the team-building events. If you love to write, offer to help with the marketing efforts. Volunteering for these types of activities helped me grow in my confidence and develop my skills.

4. Find a position that allows you to work in the areas that you most enjoy. If you are compassionate, you may love working with patients with cancer. If you love sports, you might prefer a younger orthopedic setting. Health care does provide great variety and multiple options for most positions.

Don’t put it off until the last minute. Invest in yourself and your career!

Don’t forget to use the code CREATIVEHOMETHERAPY for a great discount (the lowest discount offered) on a quality continued education platform: MEDBRIDGE

Just to say THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT- if you use the CREATIVEHOMETHERAPY code for a MEDBRIDGE discount- email me to let me know, and I will send you a free packet of 10 downloadable printable handouts for patient care!

Senior Care Clinicians: Thrive in your job by making an impact! When you have senior focused educational resources at your fingertips, you are readily able to help patients make positive changes. Improved outcomes will help you feel more satisfaction with your work. Check out my patient and senior centered educational handouts for greater organization and effectiveness!

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I would love to know your thoughts on choosing continued education courses in health care. What courses have you taken and loved in the past few years? What tips would you give to someone considering specialization or certification?

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