Building the Case for Nurses’ Continuous Professional Development in Ethiopia: A Qualitative Study of the Sick Kids-Ethiopia Paediatrics Perioperative Nursing Training Program
BACKGROUND: This study describes the in-service training experience of perioperative nurses from the SickKids-Ethiopia Paediatrics Perioperative Nursing Training Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The study emphasizes specifically how nurses applied the knowledge and skills gained from the Paediatrics Perioperative Nursing Training program in their subsequent practice and consider the situational factors that facilitated or hindered implementing these new knowledge and skills.
METHODS: The first author led qualitative in-depth interviews with nine perioperative nurses who participated in training in September 2016, and systematically developed descriptive codes and themes to analyze the data.
RESULTS: The authors found that participants experienced improved knowledge, skills, confidence, and job retention related to perioperative nursing practice after participating in Paediatrics Perioperative Nursing Training. Participants also stressed key challenges including lack of access to ongoing perioperative inservice training and problematic staffing policies that impact perioperative nurses’ ability to fully utilize and share new knowledge gained during CPD training.
CONCLUSION: The findings highlighted the value of specialized perioperative CPD training for Ethiopian nurses, yet also pointed to multidimensional challenges for knowledge translation and sustainability of best practices. The authors offer recommendations for individual and institutional strategies to address some of them.