Exploring registered nurses’ attitudes towards postgraduate education in Australia: an overview of the literature

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Ng, Linda, Tuckett, Anthony, Fox-Young, Stephanie and Kain, Victoria. 2014. "Exploring registered nurses’ attitudes towards postgraduate education in Australia: an overview of the literature." Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. 4 (2), pp. 162-170. https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v4n3p20
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Exploring registered nurses’ attitudes towards postgraduate education in Australia: an overview of the literature

ERA Journal ID201090
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsNg, Linda (Author), Tuckett, Anthony (Author), Fox-Young, Stephanie (Author) and Kain, Victoria (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Nursing Education and Practice
Journal Citation4 (2), pp. 162-170
Number of Pages9
Year2014
Place of PublicationCanada
ISSN1925-4040
1925-4059
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v4n3p20
Abstract

Background: Nursing education is designed to prepare competent nurses to meet the current and future health care needs of society. The nursing profession responds to changes in health care needs by exploring new methods for providing care, by changing educational emphases, and by establishing practice standards in new areas.

Aim: This literature overview examines issues relating to postgraduate education for specialty nursing practice.

Methods: For this literature review, the following computerised databases: CINAHL, PubMed, Medline, EMBASE, Scopus, ERIC, BERA, Cochrane and PsycINFO were used to identify journal articles, books and book chapters using key search terms in various combinations. Whilst there was no time limit imposed upon this search, a guiding evaluation framework and specific criteria did necessarily and purposefully de-limit the review.

Results: As this review sought to examine registered nurses’ attitudes towards postgraduate education for specialty practice, the literature search was informed by studies that assessed only participants’ acquisition of knowledge and skills as well as changes in attitudes and behaviours. The articles and reports extracted through the initial literature search, and subjected to the exclusion criteria, were then reviewed and categorised according to the three themes developed from the modification to Barr et al’s Evaluative Framework.

Conclusions: There are a number of issues associated with registered nurses’ attitudes to postgraduate education for specialty practice. The literature provides some insight into the benefits they perceive as accruing from such study

Keywordsregistered nurses, specialty practice, postgraduate education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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