ERIC Number: ED213283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
South Dakota Project to Articulate Continuing Education in Nursing (Project SPACE). Summative Evaluation.
South Dakota State Univ., Brookings. Coll. of Nursing.
Results of an evaluation of the South Dakota Project to Articulate Continuing Education in Nursing (Project SPACE), which was the extent to which the three-year project had been a value to South Dakota nurses, were presented. According to the Executive Committee's assessment, the project increased quantity and quality of continuing education programming, which included refresher courses and teleconferences, and it established a strong network to coordinate continuing education. All registered and licensed practical nurses in the state were sent a questionnaire to evaluate the project, and 1,670 responded (27 percent). Of the respondents, 81 percent were registered nurses, and 19 percent were licensed practical nurses. Fifty-one percent of the registered nurse respondents indicated that their continuing education needs were being met, while only 41 percent of licensed practical nurses felt their needs were being met. Among the reasons for needs not being met are the following: inconvenient location of programs, cost of workshops, and inability to obtain release time from the employer to attend. In addition to nurses, employers of nurses were surveyed to obtain their perceptions of the extent to which the project was meeting the continuing education needs of nurses. The quality of continuing education activities and their impact on health care in the state also were assessed. During the three years, 42 educational offerings were offered to 948 registered and 339 licensed practical nurses. (SW)
Descriptors: Coordination, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Employers, Health Services, Higher Education, Needs Assessment, Nurses, Nursing Education, Professional Continuing Education, Program Evaluation, Released Time, Statewide Planning, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Summative Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Div. of Nursing.
Authoring Institution: South Dakota State Univ., Brookings. Coll. of Nursing.
Identifiers: Project SPACE; South Dakota