Continuous professional education of nursing staff in national hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Introduction: Continuous Profession Education (CPE) is given after basic undergraduate training and post graduate training to improve the standards of a professional to become a competent professional. CPE with regard to nursing professionals in Sri Lanka shows a variety of programmes such as; orientation programe for nursing graduates; lateral entry programmes for nursing degrees; private nursing degree programmes; post graduate degree programmes and grade promotions. Further, Training at hospital level such as; on – the - job training, special training programmes and in - service training too provides a great learning opportunity to improve CPE of nursing professionals. However, there is greater opportunity to strengthen this system. Root cause analysis: Out of the several key problems identified “Gaps in Training Need Analysis” was selected as the priority problem for root cause analysis. Conclusion: Findings concluded that process factors - unavailability of a hospital policy; less stakeholder involvement; inadequate training; rewarding; comprehensive nature of the process; financial factors - unavailability of sufficient budgetary allocations; delaying in receiving approval for proposals; human factors - time constraints; poor delegation; deciding on the training needs without proper analysis and material issues - unavailability of guidelines, procedures, questionnaires, survey material & interview guides, were the root causes and recommendations were made accordingly.