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Continuing professional development in nursing in Australia : current awareness, practice and future directions

journal contribution
posted 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.

Funding

Other

History

Volume

45

Issue

1

Start Page

33

End Page

45

Number of Pages

13

eISSN

1839-3535

ISSN

1037-6178

Location

Australia

Publisher

eContent Management Pty Ltd

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Not affiliated to a Research Institute; Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service; Sunshine Coast Private Hospital; University of the Sunshine Coast;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Contemporary nurse.