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Title: A hermeneutic phenomenological study of community nurses' CPD
Authors: Banning, M
Stafford, M
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing
Citation: British journal of community nursing. 13 (4) 178-182
Abstract: Continuing professional development (CPD) is a mandatory aspect of nurse registration. In the NHS, more demanding professional roles compel nurses to develop and update their knowledge and skills through CPD. Even though CPD is an essential component of nurse education, research investigating community practitioners’ views, experiences and perceptions of the link between reflection and CPD is limited. This phenomenological study explored community health practitioners’ experiences of CPD and perceptions of the link between CPD and reflection. Ten community practitioners who specialized in district or school nursing and health visiting were interviewed using an in-depth approach. Data was analysed using thematic networks as a tool (Attride-Stirling, 2001). Findings revealed that community practitioners viewed CPD positively, perceived the benefits as both professional and personal development. Development needs were identified through reflective practice and appraisal. Even though significant barriers were apparent, the organization provided opportunities to access formal and self-directed learning events. There is a need for organizations to invest in CPD of the workforce, consider cheaper alternatives for meeting CPD needs and for further research to assess the impact of CPD on clinical practice.
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Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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