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ERIC Number: ED563309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 176
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3035-1591-0
A Quantitative Analysis of Factors That Influence Participation in Continuing Education among Nurses Employed in Long-Term Care Facilities
Murray, Rhoda R.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
As the American population ages, the need for more long-term care services will increase. The elderly who are afflicted with a number of chronic illnesses predominantly use long-term care services. By 2020, 12 million older Americans will need long-term care services, and those 65 and older have a 40% chance of entering some type of long-term care facility as cited by Medicare, What is Long-Term Care. Challenged to care for this complex group of patients, nurses in long-term care need continuing education to provide appropriate evidence based care. In order to provide competent care, long-term care nurses need to participate in continuing education activities. Due to the growing need for long-term care services, it is important to understand the attitudes and deterrents that may prevent long-term care nurses from participating in continuing educational activities. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between attitudes of long-term care nurses toward continuing education and deterrents to participate in these activities. A quantitative correlation design using a survey methodology was employed in this study. Bivariate and multivariate analysis tested for the existence of primary relationships between attitudes toward continuing education and deterrents to participate in continuing education. Analysis also tested for the effects of the moderating variables on the primary relationships. A demographic survey and two quantitative set of surveys, the Adults Attitudes Toward Continuing Education Scale (AATCES) and the Deterrents to Participation Scale (DPS), were administered to gerontological nurses who are members of a national nursing organization. The online surveys were completed by (n = 81) nurses. Overall, there were high positive attitudes toward continuing education. In addition, there was a negative statistically significant correlation between attitudes toward continuing education and deterrents to participate, (r = -0.283; p = 0.010). There were also several statically significant correlations between specific attitudes toward continuing education and specific deterring factors. This study provides a detailed view of the relationship between attitudes toward continuing education and deterring factors that influence participation. Educators can use these findings to better address barriers that prevent participation in continuing education activities among long-term care nurses. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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