Achieving Consensus on Continuing Professional Development Priorities for Registered Nurses in Rural and Remote India through Nominal Group Technique

Annetta Smith, Leah Macaden, Maryann Washington, Prem Mony, Vinay John, Santosh Dias

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Background: Nurses can often be key frontline healthcare professionals working in remote and rural settings due to resource constraints including an acute shortage of medical practitioners. The provision of regular and appropriate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to support nurses to be able to provide effective health care therefore becomes even more significant in these settings. Engagement and “buy in” from relevant stakeholders at an organisational level is a critical step to ensure CPD provision for nurses.
Objectives: The overall aim was to achieve consensus on CPD for registered nurses working in remote and rural settings among key stakeholders using the Nominal Group Technique (NGT). The objectives were to identify stakeholders’ perspectives on the priorities for CPD training for registered nurses; the preferred modes of delivery for CPD and perceived barriers and facilitators
for CPD access.
Methods: NGT was used as a qualitative method with key organisational stakeholders in several iterative stages in the form of a workshop.
Results: 22 senior healthcare professionals involved in medical and nursing education representing north, northeast, central India and the state of Karnataka in South India participated in the workshop. Three key findings emerged from this study: priorities of CPD; preferred modes of CPD delivery; barriers and facilitators to CPD access.
Conclusion: Engagement with key stakeholders to identify CPD priorities can help facilitate strategic planning and provision of relevant and accessible CPD programmes for nurses working within remote and rural health care contexts in India.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)848-859
Number of pages12
JournalOpen Journal of Nursing
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2018



  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Nurses
  • India
  • Remote and Rural
  • Nominal Group Technique

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