Stakeholders' perceptions of continuing professional development among Nepalese nurses: A focus group study

Bibha Simkhada, Edwin R. Van Teijlingen, Apsara Pandey, Chandra kala Sharma, Padam Simkhada, Devendra Raj Singh

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Abstract

Aim
This study explores perceptions of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities among stakeholders in the profession of nursing in Nepal.

Design
Qualitative study using focus group discussions (FGDs).

Methods
Eight FGDs were conducted in three major cities of Nepal with nursing stakeholders including nurse managers, matrons and directors/managers of private and public nursing colleges, representatives of nursing organizations, government officials, nursing academics and practitioners from the government and private sectors. The data were analysed thematically using Creswell's six steps of analysis and the Standards for Reporting Qualitative Research (SRQR) guideline was followed.

Results
The study generated three major themes: (a) policy level including the national situation of CPD, political influence and training guided by the policy; (b) organizational level incorporating perceptions towards forms of CPD, staff shortage, poor staff retention, seniority for training, financial constraints and lack of continuity of training; and (c) individual level including motivation for training and lack of relevant training.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalNursing Open
Early online date3 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Jan 2023

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