Purkis N, Gabb CA (2013) Online learning for professional development. Nursing Times; 109: 51, 16-18.
“This article addresses how nurses in the UK can use online learning to meet the changing requirements of continuing professional development. Recent changes in post-registration nurse education are due to two main reasons: financial cutbacks and reduced use of agency staff make it difficult for nurse managers to release nurses for study time away from the ward; and healthcare becoming increasingly diverse and complex, so pre-registration education has changed. Since September 2013, only degree-level pre-registration nursing programmes have been available in the UK. Degree-level education is intended to sharpen critical thinking skills to improve future healthcare but it may also disadvantage nurses without degrees. One response to these challenges is to provide online learning, such as online portfolios (e-portfolios) or other online personal learning programmes.”
5 key points:
- In September 2013, pre-registration nurse training became degree only
- Financial constraints can make it difficult for nurses to get time away from the ward for education
- Achievement and satisfaction are higher for online learning than for face-to-face education
- Students can feel isolated and lacking in direction when learning online, so support is essential to maintain motivation
- E-portfolios are used as evidence of students’ work and to help them reflect
- What barriers to post-registration learning have you come up against?
- Does degree-level education disadvantage nurses without a degree?