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Professional development needs of nurse educators: An Australian case study

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posted on 24.05.2018, 00:00 by F Oprescu, Margaret Mcallister, C Jones, D Duncan
Because there is a global shortage of nurse educators, highly productive and committed nurse educators are needed to supply a rapidly expanding and changing health landscape. To support the aforementioned effort professional development needs of nurse educators must be systematically identified. This study explores practical issues around professional development needs of nurse educators. One hundred and thirty eight Australian nurse educators based in Queensland answered an online survey around professional development needs. Results indicate that 83% (n = 115) of the respondents were enthusiastic about nurse education yet only 45% (n = 62) were confident in their skills and less than 10% (n = 13) saw themselves as expert nurse educators. The most desired areas of future development in teaching were information technology skills, assessment and technical knowledge. There seems to be a shared need for developing global online and offline support resources and communities of practice to support nurse educators in their teaching and research endeavours.

History

Volume

27

Start Page

165

End Page

168

Number of Pages

4

ISSN

1471-5953

Publisher

Churchill Livingstone, UK

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

18/07/2017

External Author Affiliations

University of the Sunshine Coast

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Nurse Education in Practice