ERIC Number: ED195797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Continuing Education in Nursing: A Status Report.
Puetz, Belinda E.
Two forms of continuing education (CE) in nursing exist--voluntary and mandatory for continued employment, membership in an organization, or maintaining licensure to practice in the profession. Lack of nurses' participation on a voluntary basis was chosen as one rationale to determine if mandatory CE should be legislated in Indiana. A replication of a 1975 study which revealed an average attendance rate of 69% was conducted in 1978 to determine whether there had been a change in CE attendance. The questionnaire used in both studies was composed of twenty-two items dealing with demographic information, employment history, participation or non-participation in CE activities, and reasons influencing attendance or non-attendance. The two samples (1975 and 1978) resembled each other closely on six of ten demographic variables. CE participation/attendance increased from 69% to 76%. In the 1978 study employment status, highest level of education completed, position, and field/place of employment were significantly related to attendance. CE attenders in both studies were more likely to be younger; better educated; employed full-time in nursing in a hospital, school of nursing, or public health agency; and practicing in an acute care situation and a relatively high status position. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Nurses Association, Indianapolis.
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (St. Louis, MO, November 4, 1980).