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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158065
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Rural Nurses' Involvement in Professional Development
Abstract:
Rural Nurses' Involvement in Professional Development
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2006
Author:Hendrickx, Lori, RN, EdD, CCRN
P.I. Institution Name:South Dakota State University
Title:Associate Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing, Box 2275, Brookings, SD, 57007, USA
Contact Telephone:605-688-5640
Professionalism has been identified as a key concept related to defining excellence in nursing practice; however participation in professional development activities has been reported as lower than expected (Heath et al., 2001). For rural nurses, the availability of professional development activities is a major concern. Rural nurses have reported decreased time available for attending continuing education, limited professional growth opportunities, and difficulty associating with professional organizations due to distance (Hendrickx, 1998; Hegge et al., 2002). This descriptive study examined the level of involvement and factors that influenced rural nurses' participation in professional development activities in two Midwestern states (n=201). Participants were randomly selected and completed a 20-item questionnaire addressing areas such as level of involvement in professional organizations, participation in scholarly activities, mentorship activities, community and institutional involvement, and continuing education. Results indicated low levels of participation in professional development activities including membership in professional organizations (n=66), attending a conference (n=96), obtaining certification (n=76), and promotion of peers for recognition (n=29). Higher percentages of respondents participated in community service (n=152) and were involved in work setting activities (n=149). The nurses in this study indicated that they were most influenced by internal motivation or the work setting to participate in professional development activities and least influenced by professional organizations and mentors. Results from this study are helping shape rural outreach programs and marketing of continuing education opportunities designed to improve professional development of nurses living in geographically isolated areas.
Supported by South Dakota State University Research Support Fund and Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.
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.titleRural Nurses' Involvement in Professional Developmenten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158065-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Rural Nurses' Involvement in Professional Development</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">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hendrickx, Lori, RN, EdD, CCRN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">South Dakota State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, Box 2275, Brookings, SD, 57007, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">605-688-5640</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">lori.hendrickx@sdstate.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Professionalism has been identified as a key concept related to defining excellence in nursing practice; however participation in professional development activities has been reported as lower than expected (Heath et al., 2001). For rural nurses, the availability of professional development activities is a major concern. Rural nurses have reported decreased time available for attending continuing education, limited professional growth opportunities, and difficulty associating with professional organizations due to distance (Hendrickx, 1998; Hegge et al., 2002). This descriptive study examined the level of involvement and factors that influenced rural nurses' participation in professional development activities in two Midwestern states (n=201). Participants were randomly selected and completed a 20-item questionnaire addressing areas such as level of involvement in professional organizations, participation in scholarly activities, mentorship activities, community and institutional involvement, and continuing education. Results indicated low levels of participation in professional development activities including membership in professional organizations (n=66), attending a conference (n=96), obtaining certification (n=76), and promotion of peers for recognition (n=29). Higher percentages of respondents participated in community service (n=152) and were involved in work setting activities (n=149). The nurses in this study indicated that they were most influenced by internal motivation or the work setting to participate in professional development activities and least influenced by professional organizations and mentors. Results from this study are helping shape rural outreach programs and marketing of continuing education opportunities designed to improve professional development of nurses living in geographically isolated areas.<br/>Supported by South Dakota State University Research Support Fund and Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:28:28Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:28:28Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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