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Mandatory Professional Education

Thursday, February 04, 2016

OK then -- many of us have workplace and professional requirements for ongoing updates --so many hours a year of education/retraining.

And I get why it's important.

And I'm grateful that mostly I can do this "on line" rather than having to attend in person.

And I'm well aware that if I don't log my required annual hours, I'll lose my licence etc. Plus my mandatory professional negligence insurance will not protect me . . .

But: how come it all has to be so depressingly scary? Here are the "pitfalls" and the "minefields" and in you screw up, we'll getcha!!

Can we not assume good will? Professional responsibility? Desire to improve skills and knowledge?? Huh?

My inner rebel would respond so much better!!
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  • AQUAGIRL08
    I agree!
    1609 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Mankind (humankind) sure has complicated life!
    1617 days ago
  • STRONGDAWG
    Yup. Fortunately, most of my CEUs are positive and teach me new skills. There are always courses on the "what ifs", but I avoid them. The Fair Labor Standards Act is enough to keep me awake most nights (and it does!), I don't need to add to my list of things to keep me awake.
    1617 days ago
  • SWEDE_SU
    thank goodness for online CME - it's DH the retired MD who needs 200 hrs every 4 years. just finished a cycle and can breathe for the first year until he starts stressing again....
    1617 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    Yep... all professions have that required yearly educational update... but the whole "scare tactics" is crazy.

    Speaking of which, when you mentioned the assumption of good will... that reminds me of the "user hostile interface"... no computer application developer ever sets out to create a user interface that is anything but "intuitive" and "user-friendly"... the intent is good! And yet... what is "intuitive" to the developer or the "young, hip" user is not necessarily intuitive to ALL. This is an incredibly difficult thing to do!

    One time, tongue in cheek, because of how difficult it is to "get it right", one of my co-workers suggested we should just set out to create a user hostile interface, and maybe it would turn out to be friendly?


    1617 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Continuing Ed., served up with a club. Hello. Whoever wrote these rules. These are intelligent educated people you are dealing with. You would think they would know what to do. Especially with laws. Can't miss any changes, could be fatal to a case. I mean really. Duh. Just saying.
    I have got to admit, being in a never ending school doesn't appeal to me. Loving these webinars. But really getting the same message over and over. You are what you eat. Period. More evidence the treatment of my disease is in the microbiome. Always give up the flour and sugar (which I don't have a whole lot of anyway although it will mean giving up Mom's marvelous little mini-muffins she makes especially for me) The go on meat part would be a little hard to swallow, especially liver -when Mom used to cook that up, I would run gagging from the house!! So lots of people in SPT camp. And yes sugar linked to breast cancer too as per Don's link as well..
    1618 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    Oddball reporting in. Maybe it's because of my position as technology coordinator, but I always had double or triple the hours I needed each year for recertification.
    If I didn't, I could become a dinosaur and easily replaced. Lots of self interest there.

    It helps that I actually liked the new stuff. I still do.
    Perhaps it made a difference that we were given a LOT of leeway as to how to fulfill the requirements. We could take courses, write a magazine article, present at a conference etc.
    I may have resisted if forced into a "one size fits all" plan.
    1618 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    OH yeah. You've got a lineup of followers and I'm getting in line. Need 30 contact hrs. over 2 yrs. for my professional license, then 20 contact hrs. for my certification. LOTSA reading!

    I don't mind learning, fact is I LOVE learning. But my rebel gets in a hissy too with MANDATORY.
    1618 days ago
  • OVERWORKEDJANET
    Right there with you. Mandatory 12 hours continuing ed every year.
    1618 days ago
  • PATRICIA-CR
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    1618 days ago
  • JANTHEBLONDE
    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing! Wishing you a bright and beautiful Thursday!
    Hugs and love, xoxo
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    1618 days ago
  • PRNCSCUP1-2FULL
    Oh yeah.... I need to get my 21 hours in by June and guess what? My DVDs and home study stuff is just sitting here. 2 of my 21 hours must be on ethics and professional behavior.... shouldn't we all just strive for that? And, the ethics, et al seminars cover the same stuff every year! blah! Inner rebel keeps procrastinating, but I plan to get busy when I return from my trip! I try to study info that pertains to my personal as well as professional life.... That is the only way I can get thru it all!
    1618 days ago
  • DSHONEYC
    Knowledge is a wonderful thing...we don't always get it through education. We get it through living and experience.
    1618 days ago
  • KALIGIRL
    The important thing is YOU know it's important to keep up to date to serve your clients!
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    1618 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    It's a lawyer thing. Every time I want to do something vaguely wild and crazy, DH the attorney gives me a long list of everything that could conceivably go wrong. Those things rarely happen. I'm with you, I assume good will and professionalism and adults acting like adults. He just says he was trained to always see the worst case scenario.

    I prefer to think I'm an optimist, and he's more of a pessimist, but, well, such is life.
    1618 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    I hear you!
    1618 days ago
  • DDOORN
    Highly ageeed! This is a relatively new addition to social worker requirements in New York and very nerve-wracking to be sure to stay ahead of the curve.
    1618 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5288236
    emoticon Some of those trainings can make you want to run and hide!!! Hang in there!! This too shall pass!! Maybe one day you will be a trainer and can change things!! emoticon
    1618 days ago
  • JAMIRBLAZE
    We have a 3 year cycle in my state, and 5 of the required hours are all the bad stuff - pitfalls, ethics, drug/alcohol abuse prevention. I like the online ones as I can walk in place, do calisthenics and check other work, but the in person ones are often less boring and good networking opportunities.
    1618 days ago
  • LEANJEAN6
    My hubby , at 87 yrs--still has prof. development---- has to log it in online---- It never ends--Lynda
    1618 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Negative reinforcement over positive? Perhaps negative is a bigger motivator to mot as we wish to avoid the unpleasantness. But I hear you.
    1618 days ago
  • FIFIFRIZZLE
    Yup, I had a similar conversation the other day. Registration is relatively new in my profession and the conversation was all based on equating registration with professionalism. As if no-one unregistered could be professional.What did they think we were all doing prior to registration?
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    1618 days ago
  • GABY1948
    AMEN here too it's gotten to be "that kind" of world for sure....SCARY....where will it go next??????

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    1618 days ago
  • ROXYZMOM
    I know! Right? Everytime I took one I wondered why I was staying in the field!
    1618 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    It is rather intimidating and mind boggling, isn't it ........... Not to mention we are full throttle WORKING and juggling our act ........ Guess those who CAN lord it over ......... DO and will .......... Best to you ......
    1618 days ago
  • TRIGNEY45
    Amen...totally get it, not to mention they dangle your license in your face IF you don't get them done.....like really????
    1618 days ago
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