Title

The effects of attrition on implementing and evaluating a mental health continuing education program for nursing personnel in long-term care facilities

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

5-1-1999

Journal, Book or Conference Title

Journal of continuing education in nursing

NLM Title Abbreviation

J Contin Educ Nurs

PubMed ID

10640066

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The effects of attrition on a continuing education program for nursing personnel within long-term care facilities are described. METHODS: Allowing flexible participation can enhance the impact of a continuing education program designed for paraprofessional staff. Increasing the number of nursing staff who experience only a portion of the training has implications for the instructional design and the evaluation. Recommendations to improve accommodation of staff and enhance dissemination of training are offered as well as appropriate evaluation techniques. CONCLUSION: Self-contained short units of instruction allow those with minimal time to benefit from the training. Effective evaluation requires special sampling and measurement strategies. Cross-sectional methods make good use of training resources but usually yield measurable changes only in lower-level program objectives.

Keywords

Education, Nursing, Continuing/organization & administration, Humans, Long-Term Care/organization & administration, Nursing Staff/education, Program Evaluation, Psychiatric Nursing/education, Student Dropouts

Published Article/Book Citation

The definitive version was published in Journal of continuing education in nursing, 30:3 (1999) pp.100-104.

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/553