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European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012
Previously published as: Journal of European Industrial Training

Online from: 2012

Subject Area: Learning and Development

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Factors influencing continuing professional development: A Delphi study among nursing experts

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Title:Factors influencing continuing professional development: A Delphi study among nursing experts
Author(s):Gerard Brekelmans, (Department of Research and Education, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Rob F. Poell, (Department of Human Resource Studies, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands), Kees van Wijk, (HRM and Healthcare Research Group, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Citation:Gerard Brekelmans, Rob F. Poell, Kees van Wijk, (2013) "Factors influencing continuing professional development: A Delphi study among nursing experts", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 37 Iss: 3, pp.313 - 325
Keywords:Continuing professional development, Delphi study, Nurses, The Netherlands
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/03090591311312769 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to present an inventory of expert opinions on the factors that influence the participation of registered nurses in continuing professional development (CPD) activities.

Design/methodology/approach – A Delphi study was conducted among 38 Dutch experts (nursing employers, managers, education institutions, and professional associations). Data collection comprised three rounds: experts completed two consecutive rounds of questionnaires and participated in a discussion meeting.

Findings – Main influencing factors were: a CPD registration system, the attractiveness of the nursing profession, nurses' identification with the nursing profession, opportunities for workplace learning, the line manager as role model, and attractive education programs.

Research limitations/implications – Being part of a larger study, for the present paper only nursing experts were asked their opinion about shaping CPD for nurses. Further research should bring in the views of nurses themselves and investigate how the wider environment influences CPD participation.

Practical implications – As all stakeholders were found to have their own roles in the CPD process, collaboration among employers, managers, education institutions, and professional associations will be crucial to create a conducive learning climate for nurses. HRD practitioners in healthcare can use the study findings to advise hospitals about implementing the right conditions to support CPD for nurses.

Originality/value – A qualitative study using the Delphi method to discover factors influencing CPD in nursing had not been conducted before. Unlike many studies looking essentially at formal education, the present paper takes into account workplace learning among nurses as well.

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