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

Hegney, Desley and Tuckett, Anthony and 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). pp. 142-149. ISSN 0260-6917

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This paper reports on the findings of a prospective exploratory study related to nurses’ self-reports of continuing professional education access and support gathered from two postal surveys undertaken in 2004 and 2007 of 3,000 nurses in Queensland, Australia. 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 barriers to being able to attend continuing professional education were financial (could not afford the fee involved; could not afford to take unpaid leave to attend). The third major barrier in both 2004 and 2007 was having the time to undertake the activity. Analysis for difference 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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2010 03:06
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: continuing professional education; employer support; geographical influences; barriers; financial support
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.06.015

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