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Continuing professional development in nursing in Australia : current awareness, practice and future directions
journal contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by M Katsikitis, Margaret Mcallister, R Sharman, L Raith, A Faithfull-Byrne, R Priaulx
Australian nurses and midwives are expected to compile a professional development portfolio during theirannual registration process. This study aimed to ascertain the current understanding, practice and future continuing professional development (CPD) needs of nurses and midwives employed in a regional area of Queensland, Australia. Perceived barriers and incentives for CPD were also measured. 289 public and private hospital nurses and midwives responded to the survey. Results showed that participants understood the new requirements, valued ongoing learning, preferred education to occur within work hours, and considered their workplaces as accepting of change. Approximately two-thirds of participants believed CPD should be shared between them and their employers. Barriers to undertaking CPD included under staffing, and the concern that CPD would interfere with time outside work. Organizational support positively influenced attitudes to CPD. This study highlights the importance of supportive management in encouraging their workforce to embrace ongoing learning and change.