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The Board of Directors of the National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc. (NAPNES) recognizes the necessity for all workers in the field of practical/vocational nursing (LP/VN) — both practitioners and educators — to continually develop their professional knowledge and skills throughout their careers. The newly licensed or certified professional can reasonably be expected to demonstrate beginning competence in his/her role and to have a foundation for further growth; but, true expertise requires subsequent learning. The requirement for continuous learning is necessitated because the rate of new knowledge formation in the health and education science is increasing rapidly; and the rate of technological capabilities for applying this knowledge is advancing rapidly as well. As a result, the extent of licensed practical/vocational nursing roles is expanding.

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