Structural barriers and supports for nurses’ continuing professional development in acute care : a scoping review
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AbstractContinuing professional development (CPD) is an ongoing obligation nurses have to the public.
It is how nurses maintain professional and practice standards, but also, it is a means for nurses to
develop their careers in nursing education, leadership, practice and research. By using a scoping
review methodology, I sought to answer what are the structural barriers and supports that exist
for nurses in meeting their CPD obligations in acute care settings. Three theoretical frameworks
(adult learning theory, complex adaptive systems theory and relational inquiry) were used to
guide my critical analysis, discussion, implications, and recommendations. Amongst the
findings, fifty-one sources were used to inform five themes: sense of community; a vision and
mission from leadership and management; resource accessibility; commitment to learner centered
foci; and optimized workplace environments. I discuss implications for nursing
education, leadership, practice and research domains, as well as recommendations for
stakeholder at all levels.
Applied Science, Faculty of
Nursing, School of