O’Connor AB (1979). “Reasons nurses participate in continuing education.” Nursing Research, 28(6), pp. 354-359.
And this piece as well:
O’Connor, A. B. (1982). Reasons nurses participate in self-study continuing education programs. Nursing research, 31(6):371–374.
Basically, these two studies used a revised version of the EPS (Education Participation Scale) to measure motivation of continuing education among nurses. Two studies were different in terms of sample size – the 1982 study surveyed around 1800 nurses (twice as big as in the 1979 study). The dimensions arrived in each study are also different. Below are from the 1979 study:
- compliance with authority
- improvement in social relations
- improvement in social welfare skills
- professional advancement
- professional knowledge
- relief from routine
- acquisition of credentials
The 1982 study didn’t find #7 as an important factor.
Both articles did additional analysis finding correlations among different dimensions and their relation with other demographic variables.
(One GREAT thing about these articles is all items in Modified-EPS are listed in a table, with their membership in each motivational dimension also presented.)