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Title: NURSES’ PERCEPTION OF INDIVIDUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN IN A PRIMARY HEALTHCARE SETTING IN SINGAPORE: A QUALITATIVE STUDY
Authors: KEELY LIM XUE QI
Issue Date: 21-Jun-2018
Citation: KEELY LIM XUE QI (2018-06-21). NURSES’ PERCEPTION OF INDIVIDUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN IN A PRIMARY HEALTHCARE SETTING IN SINGAPORE: A QUALITATIVE STUDY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) presents itself as a mandatory professional portfolio for nurses that serve to promote Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Locally, this is a novel initiation that has started in five primary health care centres in Singapore. With an ageing population that requires increasing demands for the primary health care services, nurses play a multitude of roles to drive the expected changes. Purpose: This study aims to discover nurses’ understanding of CPD, mainly their perceptions of IPDP in promoting CPD, the benefits and challenges experienced by nurses and to identify the gaps that could be bridged in the future implementations of IPDP. Methods: An exploratory qualitative approach using individual face-to-face interview was adopted. Maximum variation sampling was conducted to recruit 18 participants from five primary health care centres. A semi-structured interview guide was used in the interviews. The interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed accurately. Thematic analysis was used to generate the themes that best represented the findings, with respect to the research question. Significance of the study: There is limited knowledge regarding nurses’ professional development in Singapore, including the primary health care setting. While previous research on nurses’ CPD were conducted overseas, mainly in the acute setting, the differences in working culture and healthcare needs implies that the results might not be entirely applicable to the local context. With greater understanding of nurses’ perceptions towards IPDP, existing gaps could be identified for future implementation. Furthermore, as CPD is able to promote a higher retention of nurses and improve job satisfaction, the understanding of nurses’ perception could allow the development of interventions that further strengthen nurses’ retention and satisfaction. As a result, addressing the issue of nursing shortage and meet the raising demand for quality healthcare services that is crucial for Singapore’s ageing society.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/148325
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