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Open Access Innovations and Issues in the Delivery of Continuing Education to Nurse Practitioners in Rural and Northern Communities Les innovations et les enjeux en matière de prestation de la formation continue aux infirmières praticiennes des communautés rurales et du Nord

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This paper addresses the need to provide rural nurse practitioners (NPs) with the distance education that is considered vital to the upgrading of their professional skills. The method of delivering the courses is a critical aspect of their success. The authors trace and describe the innovative delivery of the Rural Ontario Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education Initiative, from the initial needs assessment study through to the implementation and evaluation study. In each study, a multi-method action research model was used. The respondents showed a preference for face-to-face modalities that were perceived to be constrained by barriers. These barriers were subsequently addressed by the pilot project. Those living in rural areas recognized the benefits of information technologies. Implementation was effectively weighted on multiple modes of online course delivery and the use of constructivist pedagogy. The findings suggest that the delivery of continuing education to rural and remote NPs is still wrought with challenges.

Ce document traite de la nécessité de fournir aux infirmières praticiennes des régions rurales la formation à distance considérée comme essentielle pour mettre à jour leurs qualifications professionnelles acquises. La méthode de prestation des cours est un élément crucial de leur succès. Les auteurs présentent et décrivent la méthode de prestation novatrice du Programme ontarien de formation des infirmières praticiennes en milieu rural, depuis l'évaluation initiale des besoins jusqu'à la mise en œuvre du programme et l'étude d'évaluation. Chaque étude repose sur un modèle de recherche utilisant plusieurs méthodes d'analyse. Les personnes interrogées ont montré une préférence pour les modalités virtuelles perçues comme étant limitées par des obstacles. Ces obstacles ont par la suite été pris en compte dans le projet pilote. Les infirmières des régions rurales reconnaissaient les avantages offerts par les technologies de l'information. La mise en œuvre a été pondérée de façon efficace en fonction de multiples modes de prestation en ligne des cours et de l'utilisation de la pédagogie constructiviste. Les résultats de ces études montent qu'il existe encore de nombreux défis à relever en ce qui concerne la prestation de la formation continue aux infirmières praticiennes des communautés rurales et du Nord.


Language: French

Document Type: Abstract

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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