Availability Of Existing Personal Capacity As Perceived By Practicing Nurses In Indonesia

Fitri Arofiati, Khanitta Nuntaboot


Continuing competence for practicing nurses is recognized as being of great importance in maintaining up-to-date knowledge and skills which is influenced by the availability of existing personal capacity. In Indonesia, nurses are required to renew their licenses every five years after initial licensing and they must have attended for 25 credits of continuing competence program throughout the time. This study; therefore, aimed at exploring the availability of existing personal capacity as perceived by Indonesian practicing nurses. This was a focused ethnography study and the qualitative data were gathered from semi-structured in-depth interviews and a focus group discussion given by 25 practicing nurses in one hospital setting. Five key emerging themes were identified, thus offering a basis for developing a greater principal of the availability of existing personal capacity. The five key emerging themes identified are the following: Theme 1:―Being endorsed from policy maker‖,Theme2:―Joining the up-grading capacity program‖, Theme 3: ―Selecting prospective program‖, Theme 4: ―Sharing group experiences‖ and Theme 5: ―Being curiosity‖. The findings suggest that participants perceive differences in the availability of existing personal capacity. The strategies of programs are in-house training, ex-house training, on-the-job training, group sharing experiences, continous supervision and collaborative learning. Their purpose most likely to improve capavity of nursing care and to ―keeping up to date‖ or used more broadly, including ―expansion of skills and knowledge‖. It is important to include local higher education and

health care provider collaboration as an approriate step forward to achieve this. 

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