IJEDST 2018 Volume 6 Issue 3

International Journal of Education, Development, Society and Technology (IJEDST) ISSN: 2321 – 7537

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Effect of Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme on Scholastic Aptitude of Nurse Participants in Umuahia, NIGERIA

Authors & Affiliation:

Chinemerem Eleke 1, Dorathy Nwosu 2, Ifeyinwa Stephina Agu 3

1 Our Lady of Lourdes Schools of Nursing and Midwifery Ihiala, Anambra State, Nigeria

2 School of Psychiatry, Ministry of Health, Abia State, Nigeria

3 School of Nursing, Umulogho-obowo, Imo State, Nigeria

choaxdance@yahoo.com, ogemeridian@gmail.com, ifeyinwa2002ng@yahoo.com


Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme for Nurses is increasingly recognised as a route to needed quality enhancement among nurses. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of MCPDP on scholastic aptitude of nurse participants in Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria. The study was carried out in January 2018. A one-group pretest-posttest quasi-experimental quantitative design was used. No sampling was done. All 112 records of participants who attended MCPDP in Umuahia, and met the inclusion criteria were enrolled into the study. A generic Brief Scholastic Aptitude Test for MCPDP Nurse-participants was the instrument of data collection. Data was collected at two points in time. Collated data was subjected to descriptive statistics. Student t-test was used to compare post-intervention test scores to pre-intervention test scores. Level of significance was set at P < 0.05. All data was analysed with the aid of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software version 21. Results revealed a significant difference in mean test scores between pre and post intervention test results (t = -26.16, P < 0.00001). In the pre intervention test, 35.7% of the participants scored above 24.9 (pass) on the scholastic aptitude test. In the post intervention test all (100%) participants scored more than 24.9 (pass). The study concluded that participation in MCPDP activities positively improves scholastic aptitude among nurses. The researcher recommends that Nurses should continually seek opportunities to participate in MCPDP activities for the benefits of increasing their scholastic aptitude.

Keywords: Continuing education, scholastic aptitude, quality of care, Nigeria