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Assessment of learning needs and the development of an educational programme for registered nurses in advanced midwifery and neonatology

AE Fichardt, MJ Viljoen
Curationis | Vol 23, No 4 | a768 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v23i4.768 | © 2000 AE Fichardt, MJ Viljoen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2000 | Published: 27 September 2000

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AE Fichardt,, South Africa
MJ Viljoen,, South Africa

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Abstract

A key step in the development of any educational programme is learning needs assessment. This is however often neglected. The purpose of this research was to identify learning needs of potential students in order to develop a relevant educational programme for registered nurses in advanced midwifery and neonatology. A survey design was used, and the population of the study was the registered nurses in the Free State. Two thousand questionnaires were mailed to respondents, selected by means of simple random sampling. Advanced educational programmes emphasize the teaching of advanced knowledge and skills and accept that the students entering these programmes already have specific knowledge and skills included in the curricula for basic programmes. This is contrary to the findings of this study. The results underline the importance of learning needs assessment in the development of relevant educational programmes.

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