#atozchallenge: homework is not just for high schoolers

In order to stay current in your field, you need to continuously do your homework.   Knowing what the hot topics and critical issues are will help to make you a more informed practitioner.  Whether you work in an environment that supports growth, development and learning or not, it is up to you to take the initiative and make a plan.  This might sound daunting, especially with an already full schedule and never ending to-do list, but it is possible to make this a priority.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Set aside 5-10 minutes a day to scroll through the latest news related to your field.

2. Block off time in your schedule and stick to it.  It’s similar to the “pay yourself first” idea – make your own development a priority.  What a great way to end your week on a Friday afternoon!

3. Use your “down” time.  If you commute by bus, train, ferry or subway, and have a mobile device, make the most of that time by doing your homework.

4.  Use social media for more than just social interactions.  Follow accounts that share relevant content, take part in facilitated conversations and pose questions to other professionals.

5. Share what you learn.  Write a book review blog post, share articles on Twitter or offer to host a lunch & learn session for your colleagues/department.


How do you stay on top of trends, hot topics and critical issues in your field?

For more information about the a to z challenge, click here.




  1. Kate, I love this. I’m an eternal student, and have made this a priority. I would also add making time to read or check in on things unrelated to our field! You never know where inspiration to revamp a process or interact with a staff member could come from…maybe another field has figured it out? I’ve seen some great work on interacting with introverted students from nursing publications! Who knew?

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