A study of the educational and research priorities of registered nurses in rural Australia

Authors

  • Pamela F. Bell RN CM BA(Hons) DipNEd PhD FCN(NSW),

    Corresponding author
    1. Professor of Nursing & Head, School of Nursing & Health Administration Faculty of Health Studies, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia
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  • John Daly RN BA BHSc MEd(Hons) PhD MINA FCN(NSW) FRCNA,

    1. Professor of Nursing & Head, Division of Nursing, Faculty of Health, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur, Campbelltown NSW, Australia
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  • Esther M.L. Chang RN BAppSc MEdAdmin DipNEd PhD FCN(NSW)

    1. Associate Professor of Nursing & Head, School of Health, University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury, Richmond NSW, Australia
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Pamela F. Bell, School of Nursing & Health Administration, Faculty of Health Studies, Charles Sturt University, Panorama Drive, Bathurst, NSW 2795, Australia.

Abstract

This study set out to identify the educational and research priorities of registered nurses practising in rural and remote areas of Australia. It included two groups of participants, one which identified as rural and another which identified as remote. The findings for the rural cohort in the study are presented in this article. Research participants represented a national sample. The Delphi method was used to obtain the most reliable consensus of the nurse participants. In the final phase of the study, 13 high priorities were identified. Study findings highlight perceived needs for clinical nursing research and continuing education for nurses practising in rural Australia.

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