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Continuous professional development of nurses and ICNP® introduction in Poland
 
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Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Kraków, Poland (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)
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Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin, Poland (Faculty of Health Sciences)
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Medical University of Lodz, Łódź, Poland (Department of Coordinated Care)
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Medical University of Lodz, Łódź, Poland (Department of Health System Development)
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Dorota Kilańska   

Medical University of Lodz, Department of Coordinated Care, al. Kościuszki 4, 90-419 Łódź, Poland
Online publication date: 2020-04-06
 
Int J Occup Med Environ Health 2020;33(3):353–363
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Objectives: The aim of the study was to explore Polish nurses’ readiness to use the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®) as part of continuous professional development and life-long learning. Material and Methods: The study included 772 nurses, divided into 2 study groups. The first group comprised those who had participated in a course enhancing the knowledge and improving skills in the use of ICNP® terminology (N = 457). The second group comprised people who had not yet attended such a course (N = 315). Results: In the pre-course group, education correlated significantly with a general knowledge of ICNP® and its components, as the answers to 9 out of 13 questions revealed (p > 0.05). In the postcourse group, such a correlation was observed in the answers to all the questions except the following: “Is it possible to implement ICNP® in your place of work?” (ρ = 0.066, p = 0.137). Statistically significant differences were found when it comes to the correlation of all 13 questions and the results with the overall level of knowledge of ICNP®. A higher level of agreement with the questions and a higher level of knowledge were observed in the post-course group. However, this did not apply to the following question: “Is it possible to implement ICNP® in your place of work?” (Z = –0.06, p = 0.955, r = 0.002). Conclusions: Effective pre- and postgraduate education prepares nurses for working with ICNP® terminology. In fact, IT tools, implemented into the education process, could help to develop skills and the understanding of how nurses can use ICNP® in the nursing process. There are some obvious difficulties with the practical implementation of ICNP® into clinical practice. Int J Occup Med Environ Health. 2020;33(3):353–63
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