The impact of continuous and ongoing professional development on the nursing process of taking care of neurological patients

Acta Clin Croat. 2013 Mar;52(1):29-34.


Nurses distinguish continuous professional development intended for career improvement and personal development from continuous professional development intended for improvement of skills and knowledge. Too many requests are put in front of an individual unacceptably stretching it onto the life outside work. Students have various expectations from their education. Factors that motivate nurses to study are to improve knowledge, patient care and professional relations. Factors connected to personal development include boost of confidence and embracing of other values. Motivation for additional education is also connected to the change of work, practice improvement, self-confidence improvement, nursing career plans, and necessary intellectual stimulation. The reasons for which nurses decide to undertake further education are also desire for maintenance of clinical competence, but also enjoyment in studying itself. An employer who expects from nurses to opt for such a type of education or stimulate it is another common reason.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Croatia
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Neurology / education*
  • Neurology / standards
  • Nursing Process / standards
  • Salaries and Fringe Benefits
  • Sampling Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires