In today’s world, it has become imperative that you constantly keep updating your skills and knowledge to keep yourself relevant in this rapidly changing economy. If you are a professional in the health care industry, then you need stay updated and follow latest developments. You must also keep training yourself with the latest technologies. This is especially important if you are a medical professionals.
Online learning in Health Care
Nowadays, constant medical training is just not an option, it is mandatory for people employed in the healthcare sector. Your skills and knowledge will not only be maintained, but they will also be updated and expanded regularly. In fact, in many countries, medical professionals need to take various course credits each year to keep their practitioner status active, as required by law. If you are wondering how you can keep your skills up-to-date, then studying online is probably one of the best options you have. Online health care courses enable you to acquire the necessary skills in a flexible, convenient and affordable way.
Benefits of learning online
Colin McEwen, account manager at eCom Scotland, said “One of the major benefits is the flexibility e-learning offers. This can help ensure learning is more accessible and is not overlooked. There are also benefits when it comes to managing compliance and continual professional development, both from an individual and organizational perspective. There can also be budgetary and time saving benefits for the organisation.”
Emily Newlands, development and support manager at National Skills Academy for Health, also shares similar feelings regarding online learning for health care professionals. She said “E-learning can be cost effective, time efficient and a flexible way to access training. In a sector like the health sector where people can be quickly pulled away, it is something you can dip out of and go back to – you aren’t locked into a classroom.”
Limitations of online learning
However, there are some specific topics where you will only obtain the basic knowledge and will not be able to gain a deeper understanding with online courses. Online education now offers significant diversity training; however, some experts believe that it does not enable you to explore different concepts by interacting with others and accomplish real understanding. The fact is online education should not be considered as a totality of the training process. But it is really unfortunate that it is perhaps the only option to learn for many clinicians, especially due to time and finance issues.
Beth Britton, campaigner, consultant and blogger said “Well thought out e-learning is fine for some aspects of education, particularly theoretical elements. However, I don’t think it is suitable for aspects that require a far more sensitive, personalised approach, for example dementia care.” He added “Also, I have severe reservations about any e-learning programme that offers obvious multiple choice answers to questions. This is not learning- it’s box ticking.”
Online Courses help you Learn
Given the obvious limitations of eLearning, the fact remains that online education enables you to learn what you want, when you want and how you want. Dr Dirk Pilat, medical director for e-learning at Royal College of Gps, said “E-learning can save costs on infrastructure and personnel which can be reinvested in patient services. Just imagine the carbon footprint a whole course can create if all members have to travel to a venue, have to be kept warm/cold and fed instead of sitting at home or in the workplace, learning online.”
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Are you planning to become a successful woman entrepreneur in Africa? It’s true that achieving success as a business leader is much more challenging for women than men. But the fact remains that an increasing number of women have started to make their mark on the business world in Africa. Not only these women are running successful businesses, but they are also significantly adding to the economy.
If you are looking for some inspiration to become the next successful woman business leader in Africa, then here are some inspiring women who you can make your role models in achieving your goals-
Maria Ramos, Chief Executive of Barclays Africa Group
Maria Ramos is the Group Chief Executive of the Barclays Africa Group, previously known as the Absa group, which is the largest bank in South Africa. The 53-year-old South African supervises the integration of the African units of Absa and Barclays in order to achieve their “One Bank in Africa” business strategy and improve regional growth. She became a part of the Absa group in 2009 after enjoying a noteworthy career in the public sector, and acting as the Group CEO of the state-owned rail and pipeline agency Transnet Limited.
Siza Mzimela, Executive Chairperson at Blue Crane Aviation
Mzimela is the Executive Chairperson and founder of Blue Crane Aviation, which is an aviation services firm that focuses on African airlines. Her company offers expert aircraft management services, airline consulting and aviation legal services. In 2010, she was appointed as the first woman Chief Executive Officer of the South African Airways (SAA), the leading airline in Africa. Mzimela is a board member of SA Tourism and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.
Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, Former Chief Executive of ArcelorMittal Limited
She acted as the Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited. Nyembezi-Heita started her career as an engineer at Research Triangle Park (IBM) in North Carolina. Later she worked at IBM in Dallas and eventually was placed at the South African office of the company. She also acted as the head of Alliance Capital Management, a financial services group, and joined as the head of Mergers and Acquisition division at Vodacom.
Nombulelo “Pinky” Moholi, Director of Companies
She is the Non-Executive Director of Anglo American Platinum Limited as well as Old Mutual Emerging Markets (OMEM). Pinky Moholi also the Independent Non-Executive Director at Woolworths Holdings Limited. Earlier she acted as the Chief Executive Officer of Telkom SA Limited, from April 2011 to April 2013. Moholi was honoured as the Top 20 Most Powerful Women in Africa by Forbes in October 2011
Bridgette Radebe, Executive Chairperson of Mmakau Mining
Radebe is the founder and Executive Chairperson of Mmakau Mining, a highly successful mining company with assets in platinum, gold, uranium, chrome, coal etc. She also acts as an Independent Non-Executive Director for Sappi Limited, from May 2004; and as the Chairperson of Nabera Mining (Pty) Ltd , from 1999. Radebe has made significant contribution in developing and improving the Mining Charter and the South African Mineral & Petroleum Resources Development Act. She was honoured with the “International Businessperson of the Year Award” by the Global Foundation for Democracy in May 2008.
Are you ready to become the next female business leader in Africa? What do you think? Share your opinion with us by leaving your comments below.
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