- The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
- March 2010 - Volume 41 · Issue 3: 107-115
Understanding the personal and professional motivations that shape learning needs is fundamental to high-quality continuing nursing education (CNE). This statewide survey assessed nurses’ CNE needs, learning priorities, perceived benefits and barriers, and motivation for voluntary CNE participation.
An online needs assessment accessed through state professional organizations’ websites and various health care facilities was available to all registered nurses in the state. The needs assessment included demographic and professional characteristics and items related to CNE preferences and barriers.
Among 672 nurses, motivating factors for CNE participation varied and priority learning needs included leadership and management, evidence-based practice, and advanced practice issues. CNE program costs, travel, and time away from work were key barriers to participation.
CNE participation is influenced by personal, professional, and organizational factors. In the absence of state mandates, policy changes are needed to promote CNE and overcome persistent barriers to participation.
Dr. Nalle is Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Continuing Nursing Education; Dr. Wyatt is Assistant Professor; and Dr. Myers is Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee College of Nursing, Knoxville, Tennessee.
The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.
The authors thank the Tennessee Nurses Association, the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Tennessee Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Nursing Continuing Education Consortium for their participation and support of this study.
Address correspondence to Maureen A. Nalle, PhD, RN, University of Tennessee, College of Nursing, 1200 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996-4180.