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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157444
Type:
Presentation
Title:
NURSES' ATTITUDES TOWARDS CONTINUING FORMAL EDUCATION
Abstract:
NURSES' ATTITUDES TOWARDS CONTINUING FORMAL EDUCATION
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2010
Author:Altmann, Tanya K., PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Sacramento State University
Title:Associate Professor of Nursing
Contact Address:6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA, 95819-6096, USA
PURPOSE/AIMS:
The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the attitudes of nurses, initially registered with an Associate Degree or Diploma in nursing, toward continuing formal education at the baccalaureate level and/or beyond; whether these attitudes change over time; and if there are geographical differences between nursesÆ attitudes within the U.S. This study received an Institutional Review Board approval.
BACKGROUND:
Quality healthcare is a priority. Many healthcare organization representatives and mission statements, recent research, and research priorities support the contention that improved quality is related to higher educated, baccalaureate prepared, registered nurses (RNs) providing care. A more educated RN workforce improves quality and patient outcomes by decreasing morbidity, mortality, disciplinary actions, and medication / treatment errors.
The role of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) education has been a divisive topic within the profession for many years. Although a number of countries have changed their entry-into-practice standards to the BSN, the majority of nurses still hold less than a bachelors degree. Registered Nurses are the least educated healthcare professional thus, what is needed goes beyond what can be acquired through continuing education courses. Thus, it is in the publics' interest to invest more in enticing and enabling RNs to return to school to achieve higher educational levels consistent with the trends of other health care professionals. Constructive attitudes toward education are motivators and are linked to positive educational outcomes.
METHODS:
Actively licensed RNs on both U.S. coasts were randomly selected to receive mailed questionnaires: a socio-demographic questionnaire and the Attitudes Towards BSN Education Scale. A response rate of 19.4% was received. Analysis determined that the study sample closely resembled the general nurse population in the U.S. which, when coupled with excellent instrument reliability (a = .96), allowed for generalizations.
RESULTS:
This study supported the role of professional development and advanced education in overall job satisfaction and a link between salary and advanced education. Few nurses felt social pressure to return to school nor did they receive encouragement to continue their education during their initial nursing program. Associate Degree nurses, and those nurses who had returned to school, held slightly more positive attitudes overall, but all subjects' attitudes' rank barely above neutral. Attitudes do not appear to change over time based on years of practice nor differ by geographical location.
IMPLICATIONS:
The findings in this study suggest that work needs to be done to improve RNs' attitudes toward continuing formal education and valuing of the BSN education. Research needs to be undertaken on how and when to improve the attitudes of nurses toward BSN education and to understand what would entice RNs back to school.
METHODS: to entice nurses to return to school should not only focus on changing attitudes, but should also be directed toward increasing social pressures. Employers, nurse educators, nursing organization spokespersons, and legislators need to take a more active role in promoting and supporting continuing formal education. Nursing students need more encouragement and information about continuing their programs and about articulation programs already in existence.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleNURSES' ATTITUDES TOWARDS CONTINUING FORMAL EDUCATIONen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157444-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">NURSES' ATTITUDES TOWARDS CONTINUING FORMAL EDUCATION</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Altmann, Tanya K., PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Sacramento State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA, 95819-6096, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">altmannt@csus.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">PURPOSE/AIMS:<br/>The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the attitudes of nurses, initially registered with an Associate Degree or Diploma in nursing, toward continuing formal education at the baccalaureate level and/or beyond; whether these attitudes change over time; and if there are geographical differences between nurses&AElig; attitudes within the U.S. This study received an Institutional Review Board approval. <br/>BACKGROUND:<br/>Quality healthcare is a priority. Many healthcare organization representatives and mission statements, recent research, and research priorities support the contention that improved quality is related to higher educated, baccalaureate prepared, registered nurses (RNs) providing care. A more educated RN workforce improves quality and patient outcomes by decreasing morbidity, mortality, disciplinary actions, and medication / treatment errors. <br/>The role of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) education has been a divisive topic within the profession for many years. Although a number of countries have changed their entry-into-practice standards to the BSN, the majority of nurses still hold less than a bachelors degree. Registered Nurses are the least educated healthcare professional thus, what is needed goes beyond what can be acquired through continuing education courses. Thus, it is in the publics' interest to invest more in enticing and enabling RNs to return to school to achieve higher educational levels consistent with the trends of other health care professionals. Constructive attitudes toward education are motivators and are linked to positive educational outcomes. <br/>METHODS:<br/>Actively licensed RNs on both U.S. coasts were randomly selected to receive mailed questionnaires: a socio-demographic questionnaire and the Attitudes Towards BSN Education Scale. A response rate of 19.4% was received. Analysis determined that the study sample closely resembled the general nurse population in the U.S. which, when coupled with excellent instrument reliability (a = .96), allowed for generalizations. <br/>RESULTS:<br/>This study supported the role of professional development and advanced education in overall job satisfaction and a link between salary and advanced education. Few nurses felt social pressure to return to school nor did they receive encouragement to continue their education during their initial nursing program. Associate Degree nurses, and those nurses who had returned to school, held slightly more positive attitudes overall, but all subjects' attitudes' rank barely above neutral. Attitudes do not appear to change over time based on years of practice nor differ by geographical location. <br/>IMPLICATIONS:<br/>The findings in this study suggest that work needs to be done to improve RNs' attitudes toward continuing formal education and valuing of the BSN education. Research needs to be undertaken on how and when to improve the attitudes of nurses toward BSN education and to understand what would entice RNs back to school. <br/>METHODS: to entice nurses to return to school should not only focus on changing attitudes, but should also be directed toward increasing social pressures. Employers, nurse educators, nursing organization spokespersons, and legislators need to take a more active role in promoting and supporting continuing formal education. Nursing students need more encouragement and information about continuing their programs and about articulation programs already in existence.<br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T19:52:44Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T19:52:44Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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