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Online Journal of Social Sciences Research

ISSN 2277-0844; Volume 6, Pages 8-14; 2017

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Involvement in Continuing Professional Education and Competencies of Staff Nurses in Hail General Hospital, Saudi Arabia

 

Araceli C. Corpuz, Ferdinand M. Gonzales, *Dr. Antonio R. Yango, Dr. Nonet A. Cuy and Dr. Esrella San Juan

 

Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Perpetual Help System Laguna Sto. Niño, Biñan City, Philippines.

 

*Corresponding Author’s E-mail: jan.yango1964(at)gmail.com

 

Received August 29, 2016

Accepted October 1, 2016

 

To enable keep abreast with changes in health care, nurses have a responsibility to undertake continuing professional development. Acquiring new knowledge and skills is essential for nurses to practice safely in new and extended roles. Continuing professional education is widely viewed as playing a pivotal role in meeting health service delivery needs and the learning needs of individual healthcare professionals. Continuing education in nursing consists of planned learning experiences beyond a basic nursing educational program. These experiences are designed to promote the development of knowledge skills and attitudes for the enhancement of nursing practice, thus improving health care to the public. This study is to determine the (a) degree of involvement of the staff nurses’ in continuing professional education, (b) staff nurses’ competencies, (c) relationship between the degree of involvement of staff nurses in continuing professional education and their competencies, and (d) problems encountered by staff nurses in complying with continuing professional education. The study utilised one hundred and sixty -eight staff (168) nurses who were purposively selected by employing the descriptive-correlation research design. Findings showed that the staff nurses had very high degree of involvement in continuing professional education in terms of updating, competence-building and performance enhancement. The staff nurses’ competencies in terms of degree of relationship, degree of personal qualities and degree of functionality is very high. The higher the degree of involvement of the staff nurses in continuing professional education in terms of updating, the higher is their competencies in terms of degree of relationship, degree of personal qualities and degree of functionality. Lack of off-duty time, unfavorable shift patterns and schedules, and lack of administrative support are the top problems encountered by the staff nurses in complying with continuing professional education.

 

Keywords: Continuing professional education, competency, staff nurse, health service delivery, Hail General Hospital.

 

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Corpuz AC, Gonzales FM, Yango AR, Cuy NA and Juan ES (2017). Involvement in Continuing Professional Education and Competencies of Staff Nurses in Hail General Hospital, Saudi Arabia. Online J Soc Sci Res, 6: 8-14.

   

 

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