Development and evaluation of a PBL-based continuing education for clinical nurses: a pilot study

Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. 2006 Dec;36(8):1308-14. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2006.36.8.1308.


Purpose: The purposes of this study were to develop a PBL program for continuing nurse education and to evaluate the program after its implementation.

Methods: The PBL program was developed in the core cardio-pulmonary nursing concepts through a collaborative approach with a nursing school and a hospital. The PBL packages with simulation on ACLS were implemented to 40 clinical nurses. The entire PBL program consisted of six 3-hour weekly classes and was evaluated by the participants' subjective responses.

Results: Two PBL packages in cardio-pulmonary system including clinical cases and tutorial guidelines were developed. The 57.5% of the participants responded positively about the use of PBL as continuing nurse education in terms of self-motivated and cooperative learning, whereas 20.0% of the participants answered that the PBL method was not suitable for clinical nurses. Some modifications were suggested in grouping participants and program contents for PBL.

Conclusion: The PBL method could be utilized to promote nurses' clinical competencies as well as self-learning abilities. Further research is needed in the implementation strategies of PBL-based continuing education in order to improve its effectiveness.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Cardiology / education
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Heart Diseases / nursing
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / nursing
  • Manikins
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Pilot Projects
  • Problem-Based Learning / organization & administration*
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Pulmonary Medicine / education