Nursing is committed to lifelong learning, which is an underlying principle of the career advancement pathway (CAP) concept. This fundamental belief is that all levels of nursing are significant and contribute to the delivery of health care in a multitude of meaningful activities. All levels of nursing have common basic principles on which knowledge and experiences can be built.

Nursing education proceeds from the simple to the complex. Over the course of their careers, nurses may advance from a certificate in practical nursing to a terminal degree – the Career Advancement Pathway.