Factors influencing nurses’ participation in professional development activities

Sharon, Stephen and Latha, T and D’Souza, Prima Jenevive Jyothi (2015) Factors influencing nurses’ participation in professional development activities. International Journal of Health Sciences and Research, 5 (9). pp. 384-388. ISSN 2249-9571

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Professional development activities are the means to update the healthcare providers with new knowledge and help them to provide quality care and better patient outcomes. A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted among staff nurses to explore the factors influencing their participation in professional development activities (PDA). The objective of the study was to explore the motivating and hindering factors for participation in PDA. Structured questionnaire was administered to 320 staff nurses from various hospitals. The findings showed that out of 320 nurses, for majority of Nurses the motivating factors were improvement in knowledge (96.6%), fine tuning of nursing skills (95.3%), awareness of technological advancement (95.3%), develop interpersonal relationship(92.8%) and keeping oneself up to date(86.6%). The major hindering factors identified were excessive indirect costs(62.5%), lack of relieving staff in order to attend the PDA(61.9%), lot of responsibilities at home(55.9%), cost of registration fees and difficulty to travel to a distant places(50.3%). The findings of the study concluded that there are several factors that contribute to nurses’ participation in PDA. Participation of nurses in PDA is very essential to update themselves and to have the autonomy to practice excellent evidence-based nursing care which in-tern contributes to quality patient outcome.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional development activities; Participation; Nurses; Motivating factors; Hindering factors.
Subjects: Nursing > MCON Manipal > Child Health
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 16:30
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2015 16:30
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/144111

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