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NURSES AWARENESS OF MANDATORY CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE PHILIPPINES: A PILOT SURVEY

Author : Ryan Michael F. Oducado*, Julie Anne Faye S. Palma, Bonna S. Palma

Abstract

Aim: This research aimed to determine nurses awareness of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) law and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR). Methods: This pilot survey utilized a descriptive research design among nurses (n=30) in a private hospital in Iloilo City. A researcher-made questionnaire was used to gather data and data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and Mann-Whitney U to test for differences between variables. Results: Results indicated that were nurses were generally aware of the CPD law and its IRR. However, more than half were not aware of learning activities under Self-Directed Learning and that nurses can earn CPD credit units through online CPD programs offered by an accredited CPD provider. More than one-third were not aware that excess CPD cannot be carried over to the next three-year period, that only completed post baccalaureate degree programs can be used to earn CPD credit units and that an accredited CPD program should be accredited by the CPD Council. There were no significant differences in the awareness of nurses when grouped according to sex, age, civil status, position, salary and length of work experience. Conclusion: It is hoped that addressing the information gaps regarding the CPD law identified in this study may assist in increasing nurses support in the implementation of the mandatory CPD among nurses. Key words: continuing professional development, CPD, continuing education, nurses, awareness.

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