A Cross-Sectional Study of Facilitators and Barriers of Iranian Nurses' Participation in Continuing Education Programs

  •  Zeinab Hamzehgardeshi    
  •  Zohreh Shahhosseini    


Background: Continuing education is one of the modern strategies to maintain and elevate knowledge and professional skills of nurses which in turn elevate the health status of society. Since several factors affect nurses’ participation in continuing education, it's essential to know promoters and obstacles in this issue and plan accordingly.

Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 361 Iranian nurses who were recruited by convenience sampling method completed an anonymous, self-administered questionnaire from October 2012 to April 2013. Topics covered the participants' attitudes towards facilitators and barriers of their participation in continuing education.

Results: Mean and standard deviation of participants ' age were 37.14±7.58 years and 93.94% were female. The maximum score of facilitators and barriers to nurses' participation in continuing education were related to "Update my knowledge" and "Work commitments" respectively. The results showed among Iranian nurses, the mean score of personal and structural barriers was significantly higher than the mean score of interpersonal ones (F=2122.66, p<0.001).

Conclusion: Results highlight policy makers and nursing managers' role on improving the accessibility to provided continuing education programs by enforcement of facilitators and reducing barriers focusing on the personal and structural barriers.

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