As a nurse for close to 40 years I have never stopped learning. As a student nurse in the 'apprentice' model days through many modules , a first degree and masters I continue to learn from every experience. The key is to appreciate sometime we don't know what we don't know, the evidence may have changed making me unconsciously incompetent or I may be having a bad day and more exposed to human error.
Attending education events does not equate to learning. It is how you critically appraise the content and what you do with the resulting learning to change practise that matters and makes a difference to patient care and the professional standing of nurses. Sadly too many nurses (and managers) still equate attendance with learning. Lets do away with tick box education events and ensure all education is a learning experience. Then we will really start to see the benefit.