217952 Effectiveness of the competency development program for new employed public health nurses

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Reiko Okamoto , Community Public Health Nursing, Okayama University, Okayama-city, Japan
Keiko Koide , Community Public Health Nursing, Okayama University, Okayama-city, Japan
Objective:To examine the effectiveness of the program for the professional competency development of public health nurse (PHN) which was developed on the basis of action research principles for graduate school students at the beginning and later improved for newly employed PHNs in the practice field. Methods: The objects are 6 PHNs who were employed in 2009 by a city in Japan. The program was implemented during the 2009 fiscal year, which included each PHN's reflective practice with the support of each preceptor and 5 group sessions every two months with two researchers as learning facilitators. For quantitative outcome evaluation, self-reported before-after questionnaires were conducted using a practice skills ladder and some competency measurements for PHNs. For qualitative evaluation of change process, context interpretation was conducted by researchers using literal recording data of all sessions, PHNs descriptions on worksheets and e-mails between preceptors and researchers. Results: All PHNs moved up their practice skills ladder with a range from 3 to 11 items out of 11 and the mean was 8. The improvement confirmed on the score of ²Scale for Basic Action for Public Health² among 4 PHNs out of 6, and the score of ²Competency Measurement of Creation² and ²Professional Development Scale² among 5 PHNs out of 6. Qualitative analysis showed their change process in developing their specialty. Conclusion: The effectiveness of the program to develop professional PHN competency was thus proved although there are differences among PHNs.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
To examine the effectiveness of the program for the professional competency development of public health nurse (PHN) which was developed on the basis of action research principles for graduate school students at the beginning and later improved for newly employed PHNs in the practice field.

Keywords: Public Health Nursing, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: To examine the effectiveness of the program for professional competency development of public health nurse (PHN) which developed on the basis of action research principles for graduate school students at the beginning and improved for new employed PHNs in the practice field.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.