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Continuos Professional Development for Nurses
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CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR NURSES I. Continuing Professional Development or CPD as defined by Smith and Roberts (2011, p. 214) is “a framework for lifelong learning that is integral to the government's plans for quality in the National Health Service or NHS and is closely linked to clinical governance”.
Increasing recognition of the need for continuing professional development or CPD for health professionals has created an inevitable expansion in course provision (Hicks & Hennessy, 2001). For a course to be successful, the particular CPD course must be able to meet the local health service needs, as well as the personal and professional development of the participants (Hicks & Hennessy, 2001). CPDs should also design methods and strategies that would encourage participation of professionals especially nurses for it to be successful. In the study conducted by McMullan, Jones and Lea (2011) entitled, “ The effect of an interactive e-drug calculations package on Nursing Students' Drug Calculation ability and self-efficacy”, aimed in comparing an interactive form of CPD and the traditional type of providing hand-outs. Using the PEDro Scale Rating, the said study was good in terms that it was able to determine the significance of CPD in the life of nurses. Nurses need to be competent and confident in performing drug calculations to ensure patient safety (McMullan, Jones & Lea, 2011). ...
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