E-learning and professional development – never too old to learn

Gill, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5481-7209 2007, 'E-learning and professional development – never too old to learn' , British Journal of Nursing, 16 (17) , pp. 1084-1088.

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Abstract

A growing concern among healthcare professionals is the need to continually update knowledge and skills in order to enhance clinical practice. It is recognized that there are major concerns about recruitment and retention of staff within health care, and an increasing need for greater emphasis on valuing the existing workforce. This article contributes to the debate about the role of e-learning in conjunction with continuing professional development (CPD) and personal professional development. It describes how healthcare professionals utilized an innovative, self-managed, pickup and put-down distance learning module delivered online or by CD-ROM. Staff enrolled on the module were encouraged to complete a questionnaire online or by post upon completion of each unit; to enhance validity, telephone interviews were also conducted with selected staff. Results indicate that participants showed some improvement in all categories, especially patient care where 90% of staff reported some improvement after completing the course. This particular method of teaching and learning was shown to be favoured by staff as a method of CPD, and thus has the potential to enhance patient care.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Nursing
Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing
ISSN: 0966-0461
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Depositing User: Dr Tony Gill
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 14:14
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2020 14:14
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/56354

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