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Are You A Lifelong Learner?

We can learn so much from nature. In nature, things are either flourishing or dying. I take that concept to heart because I want to continue growing and flourish instead of being on the other end of the spectrum.

One of the ways to grow is to be a lifelong learner. Certainly, we have to take continuing education classes as part of our nursing jobs but that helps only one aspect of being the whole you as a nurse: the career part. However, there is so much more to a person including social, emotional, financial and spiritual aspects. So, what are you doing to grow in all areas of your life?

With the hours that nurses work and with the difficulty of the job, it’s hard to find time to nourish those other parts of your being. But by nourishing those other parts of your base will really help you be a better nurse so that you can continue growing in all areas of your life.

Knowledge is power and life is too short to let it slip by. So, take advantage and learn everything you can about things outside of nursing that are of interest to you so that you can continue to grow and be a well-rounded person.

Take it from one who knows, you won’t regret it.

This post was written as part of the Nurse Blog Carnival. More posts on this topic can be found at The Days When I’m Not A Nurse. Find out how to participate.

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About Lorie A Brown, R.N., M.N., J.D.

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  1. Lately, I have been doing a lot of monetary and mindset learning. Reading loads of books by the great philosophers who wrote on life, love and abundance. It is wonderful to work all day and then get into bed with a good book, a podcast training and any other modality that helps me expand my mind. Thanks for sharing, Lorie!

  2. Inspiring wisdom, Lorie. Learning and dare I say change can keep us alive and vibrant. I think it is great shine light on all the wonderful options and preferences there are for nurturing ourselves with education!

    • Lorie A Brown, R.N., M.N., J.D. says:

      It is so important that caregivers nurture themselves in as many ways possible. It is often the thing that is missed, but is so important. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond!

  3. It is both a blessing and curse to be a life long learner. On the one hand I am constantly learning something knew, but on the other I feel like I never take a moment to rest.

    When I am 80 will I look back and think “I wish I hadn’t learned so much?”

    • Lorie A Brown, R.N., M.N., J.D. says:

      It certainly is stated in many places that you often only really regret what you haven’t done instead of what you have. I feel that is the case here. I know I am thankful you so know so much Brittney! Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to the post!

  4. Lorie, I like your metaphor: onoing learning as ongoing growth! I enjoy learning, which makes it that much better.

    • Lorie A Brown, R.N., M.N., J.D. says:

      Thank you. Growth is so important as part of the human experience. It certainly does help to process those personality traits that makes one love life long learning. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond to the blog post.

  5. Hi Lorie! I agree with you. Often, time is the issue when it comes to nourishing the other parts of our lives outside of our career. Great point to remember to focus some of our attention on what interests us as well.

    • Lorie A Brown, R.N., M.N., J.D. says:

      Thank you very much. Is is very important to find a passion in addition to caring for others! Thank you for taking the time to read and respond!

  6. Lorie, I love your nature metaphor: learning as growth, versus the opposite, decay. Thanks!

    • Lorie A Brown, R.N., M.N., J.D. says:

      Thank you so much. I know striving for growth can be difficult for some. When faced with decay is makes is a simpler decision. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond.

  7. Lorie, I’m so glad I read your article. Many times we focus so much on helping others and fulfilling academic requirements for continual education expected for our job. But, your article also highlights the significant role lifelong learning is on our personal development and zest for life. Thanks for that!

    • Lorie A Brown, R.N., M.N., J.D. says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond to the blog post. You are welcome. Lifelong learning as part of personal development is such an important aspect that often gets overlooked. As nurses we often care for others at the expense of ourselves.

  8. Being well rounded is, to my mind, one of the keys to being a compassionate care provider. You have to understand things outside the world of nursing to understand your patients better. Continuing to learn, to educate ourselves makes each one of us a stronger individual and a stronger nurse. Great piece.

    • Lorie A Brown, R.N., M.N., J.D. says:

      I so agree with your comment! Being well rounded is a certainly a key to being a compassionate care provider. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond!

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