Exploring factors affecting registered nurses’ pursuit of postgraduate education in Australia

Ng, Linda ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6155-7625 and Eley, Robert and Tuckett, Anthony (2016) Exploring factors affecting registered nurses’ pursuit of postgraduate education in Australia. Nursing and Health Sciences, 18 (4). pp. 435-441. ISSN 1441-0745


The aim of this study is to explore the factors influencing registered nurses’ pursuit of postgraduate education (PGE) for specialty nursing practice in Australia. Despite the increased requirement for PGE for advanced practice, little has been reported on the contributory factors. The NATPGE (Nurses’ Attitudes Towards Postgraduate Education) instrument was administered to 1632 registered nurses from the Nurses and Midwives e-Cohort Study (NMeS) across Australia, with a response rate of 35.9% (n=568). Data reduction techniques using principal component analysis with varimax rotation was used. Accounting for 52.5% of the variance of the scale, the analysis identified a three-factor solution for 14 items: ‘facilitators’; ‘professional recognition’; and ‘inhibiting factors’. The one higher order factor, representing facilitators to postgraduate education; accounting for 28.5% of the variance: (1) improves knowledge; (2) increases nurses’ confidence in clinical decision making; (3) enhances nurses’ careers; (4) improves critical thinking; (5) improves nurses’ clinical skill; and (6) increased job satisfaction. This new instrument has potential clinical and research applications to support registered nurses’ pursuit of postgraduate education.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2019 05:22
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 01:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: registered nurses, postgraduate education, facilitators, inhibiting factors, professional recognition, NATPGE
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12289
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35995

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