Ausmed app educates nurses on-the-go

7 May 2014


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Australia’s 350,000+ nurses and midwives can top up their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) registration requirements, thanks to the free streaming of 168 hours of lectures via the Ausmed On-the-Go app, starting on International Nurses Day (IND), 12 May.

Ausmed On-the-Go is the latest addition to Ausmed’s innovative learning suite for the largest segment of the national healthcare workforce.

Daily downloads have exceeded expectations since it was launched in January this year, and the installation figures continue to rise.

The app allows nurses to learn what they want, when they want, where they want.

Quick and easy to download from the Apple iTunes store (with an Android version about to be released), the app connects the user to Ausmed’s extensive online library of Australian nursing lectures (for subscribers) and automatically synchronises with Ausmed’s CPD Organiser reporting tool.

These features and the browsing-by-topic option have seen the app become a popular tool for nurses completing the mandatory 20 or more CPD hours required every year to maintain their registration in Australia.

Ausmed founder and CEO Cynthea Wellings said the app was designed to help nurses access high quality professional education anywhere and at any time, regardless of their shifts and other commitments.

“This year’s theme for International Nurses Day is ‘Nurses: A Force for Change – A vital resource for health’, and the International Council of Nurses has identified education as a fundamental source of empowerment for nurses to effect change, and improve patient care,” Ms Wellings said.

“When you’re a nurse trying to achieve work-life balance with the added pressures of shift work and chronic staff shortages, a user-friendly app makes meeting your compulsory CPD commitments a great deal easier.

“The app is just one of the technology-based, flexible options Ausmed offers to help nurses access relevant programs and document their training to meet the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.”

With registrations renewed every 31 May, the deadline is looming for nurses and midwives to ensure their CPD documentation is up to date. The offer of free access to lectures for the week starting on IND is a timely gift as well as a genuine gesture to celebrate worldwide awareness of nurses.

Ausmed launched Australia’s first web-based tool for organising nursing CPD in 2010. Its online Learning Centre was also the first Australian organisation to be accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the powerful American Nurses Association.

Ms Wellings said the free access to 240+ lectures via the Ausmed On-the-Go app for IND demonstrated the company’s commitment to improving patient care through education and technology.

“We’re a team of highly motivated nursing and technology professionals designing learning experiences that are interesting, practical, evidence-based and relevant.

“With the Ausmed On-the-Go app we’re now able to make it even easier for nurses and midwives to engage with our courses and meet their CPD education and documentation requirements.”

Ausmed has been responding to nurses’ educational needs for nearly three decades.

It has transitioned successfully from a printed textbook publisher to an online resources innovator in sync with the development of today’s tech-savvy nursing workforce.

Media contacts:
Ausmed – Cynthea Wellings  (03) 9326 8101
Presence Communications – Leanne Wyvill 0439 53 43 55

About Ausmed Education
Ausmed Education is a nursing education and technology company based in Melbourne, Australia. Since its inception in 1987, the company has provided high quality and relevant educational resources for nurses and midwives to enhance the art and science of their practice. The fundamental purpose of Ausmed Education is to improve patient care through professional educational activities. These include face-to-face as well as technology-based continuing professional development.

Working with and for nursing professionals, Ausmed’s software engineers and digital content teams develop unique and innovative learning experiences that impart the latest evidence-based information and skills, to ensure the best learning experience and, ultimately, to encourage best patient care outcomes. Options for learning include video-learning activities; nursing lectures; ebooks; conferences and seminars.

The ‘Ausmed On the Go’ App enables nurses to access lectures anywhere, anytime. Combined with Ausmed’s online CPD Organiser, the app helps nurses plan, document and evaluate their mandatory CPD programs. This is essential for nurses to meet Australian regulation requirements. The Ausmed Education Learning Centre – an online platform – was the first Australian entity to be accredited (with distinction) by the prestigious American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission of Accreditation (ANCC), a subsidiary of the powerful American Nurses Association.