Access to and support for continuing professional education amongst Queensland nurses: 2004 and 2007

Hegney, Desley G., Tuckett, Anthony G., Parker, Deborah and Eley, Robert (2010) Access to and support for continuing professional education amongst Queensland nurses: 2004 and 2007. Nurse Education Today, 30 2: 142-149. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2009.06.015

Author Hegney, Desley G.
Tuckett, Anthony G.
Parker, Deborah
Eley, Robert
Title Access to and support for continuing professional education amongst Queensland nurses: 2004 and 2007
Journal name Nurse Education Today   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-6917
Publication date 2010-02
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.06.015
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 142
End page 149
Total pages 8
Place of publication Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
920205 Health Education and Promotion
939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Abstract This paper reports on the findings of a prospective exploratory study related to nurses’ self-reports of continuing professional education access and support. The data were gathered by two postal surveys undertaken in 2004 and 2007 each which sampled 3000 nurses of the 30,000 nurse members of the industrial body – Queensland Nurses’ Union. The response rates were 44.9% and 39.7% for 2004 and 2007, respectively. Over 85% of the nurses reported they had access to continuing professional education activities. However, it is apparent that the majority of these activities are either partially or completely self-funded. Further, between 2004 and 2007 the amount of financial support provided by employers for continuing education and training activities has decreased significantly. While there were differences between 2004 and 2007, the major barrier to be able to attend continuing professional education were financial (could not afford the fee involved; could not afford to take unpaid leave to attend). Another major barrier in both 2004 and 2007 was having the time to undertake the activity. Analysis for differences between nurses in different geographical locations indicated that distance remains a major barrier for nurses in rural and remote areas. These quantitative findings were supported by the qualitative findings on nurses’ work where ‘education and training’ was, overall, the fifth highest ranked issue requiring further attention.
Keyword continuing professional education
continuing professional development
nurse education
knowledge translation
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Additional Notes Accepted 25 June 2009. Available online 31 July 2009.

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