Documenting a learning plan
Choose a Practice standards indicator
The first step in documenting what nurses do to address opportunities for growth in their practice is selecting a Practice standards indicator. This indicator should relate to the feedback nurses collect, and provide the focus for nurses to choose a learning activity to meet their learning goal for the current practice year.
Learn more about how each Practice standards indicator relates to all domains of nursing practice in the Stand Up for Standards learning module in My Learning Space.
Nurses should consider the following when choosing a Practice standards indicator to focus their learning plan on:
- Is my learning need achievable?
- What aspects of my learning need are most important for me to focus on?
- What education or training opportunities that support this need are available?
- How do I learn best?
- How will I know I have met my goals and seen a difference in my practice?
Additional requirement for NPs
After completing a Self-Assessment against each of the Practice Standards for Regulated Members and the Entry-Level Competencies for Nurse Practitioners, NPs must develop one learning plan based on each. The first step in the case of each plan is to select one Practice standards indicator or Entry-level competency to focus on, as in the manner described above.
Describing learning activity
When nurses have identified what they want to learn and which Practice standards indicator will be their focus.
Nurses select a learning activity that relates to the insight they have gained from completing their Self-Assessment and collecting constructive feedback about their practice. The learning activity supports the learning goal related to the Practice Standards for Regulated Members indicator they chose when documenting their learning plan.
In order to determine whether a learning activity supports the learning plan, nurses should consider:
- Is the activity something outside what they have to do as a regular part of their current nursing position?
- Did the activity help them address the learning need(s) they identified for themselves in their learning plan this year?
- Did the activity help them improve their knowledge, or support them in their practice?
- Did they complete the activity during the current practice year?
If the answer to these questions is yes, the learning activity meets CARNA’s criteria for CCP requirements.
Nurses who have completed one or more learning activities that are not related to their learning plan for this year can record these in their ePortfolio in My Learning Space.
Evaluate the learning plan’s effect on nursing practice
In order to increase the public’s confidence in the nursing profession, nurses offer evidence of having engaged in continued professional development and reflect on how this has enhanced their practice and the service they provide to their clients.
When reflecting on their learning plan, nurses use the scale to select which measure accurately reflects how much impact their Self-Assessment, feedback, learning need and learning activity had on their practice.
Nurses then record their observations regarding what exact effect their learning plan had on their practice.
Nurses should consider the following:
- What new knowledge did they gain from completing their learning activity?
- How did that knowledge change their nursing practice?
- How did meeting their learning objective help them implement something new in their practice?
- How did it help them improve something in their practice?
- How did it help them provide better, more competent, ethical or safer patient care?
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