Exploring registered nurses’ attitudes towards postgraduate education in Australia: an overview of the literature

Ng, Linda ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6155-7625 and Tuckett, Anthony and Fox-Young, Stephanie and Kain, Victoria (2014) Exploring registered nurses’ attitudes towards postgraduate education in Australia: an overview of the literature. Journal Of Nursing Education and Practice, 4 (2). pp. 162-170. ISSN 1925-4040

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Abstract

Background: Nursing education is designed to prepare competent nurses to meet the current and future health care needs of society. The nursing profession responds to changes in health care needs by exploring new methods for providing care, by changing educational emphases, and by establishing practice standards in new areas.

Aim: This literature overview examines issues relating to postgraduate education for specialty nursing practice.

Methods: For this literature review, the following computerised databases: CINAHL, PubMed, Medline, EMBASE, Scopus, ERIC, BERA, Cochrane and PsycINFO were used to identify journal articles, books and book chapters using key search terms in various combinations. Whilst there was no time limit imposed upon this search, a guiding evaluation framework and specific criteria did necessarily and purposefully de-limit the review.

Results: As this review sought to examine registered nurses’ attitudes towards postgraduate education for specialty practice, the literature search was informed by studies that assessed only participants’ acquisition of knowledge and skills as well as changes in attitudes and behaviours. The articles and reports extracted through the initial literature search, and subjected to the exclusion criteria, were then reviewed and categorised according to the three themes developed from the modification to Barr et al’s Evaluative Framework.

Conclusions: There are a number of issues associated with registered nurses’ attitudes to postgraduate education for specialty practice. The literature provides some insight into the benefits they perceive as accruing from such study


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited according to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 license.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery (1 July 2013 - 31 Dec 2014)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery (1 July 2013 - 31 Dec 2014)
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2019 03:46
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2019 04:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: registered nurses, specialty practice, postgraduate education
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v4n3p20
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35990

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