Globalization, lifelong learning concepts and increasing numbers of adults in recurrent education programs all underscore the need for nursing education to train students in interpersonal, knowledge acquisition, task accomplishment and personal development skills applicable to both their work and everyday life. Today, our technology-driven world produces and rapidly disseminates vast amounts of information. So-called "academic knowledge" is no longer adequate to teach nurses how to perform routine nursing care duties. Therefore, recurrent education has taken a central role in nursing education. Grounded in adult education theory, this article discusses the current state of nursing education in Taiwan and proposes practical suggestions for the future. Such suggestions include: 1) a recurrent education curriculum should instill in students a commitment to lifelong learning; 2) learning through problem posing, instead of lectures, should be promoted in order to foster an interactive relationship between teacher and student that is characterized by critical thinking and active dialogue; 3) modern technology now permits information technology skills to become a core competency in nursing; and 4) nursing education should foster a global view in order to consider how to use the experience and knowledge of other countries' to enhance domestic nursing knowledge and practices.