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Continuing education is an opportunity or challenge?

Authors: Mohsen Hojat, Rahim Raofi, FaribaTalaghaniand Mohsen Shahriari

Int J Med Res Health Sci.344-345 | pdf PDF Full Text

On the basis of continuing education (CE) legislation passed by the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran in 1990,
the Ministry of Health and Medical Education was required to run continuing medical education rules for all
professional subject to health and medical services. So, since then, nursing continuing education and its approved
programs have been implemented in various forms for nurses. Concerning the importance and effectiveness of these
programs in improving the level of professional knowledge, therapeutic and caring attitudes, and professional
competence much has been said and a lot of documentation has been provided by researchers. But according to the
investigations done by the researchers in this study, due to the necessity of investigative work that is on the way,
they achieved noteworthy points in this regard that should be of interest to researchers and policy makers, especially
in the field of continuing education;
• According to the regulations of implementing CE education programs (1), nurses need to earn 15 points of CE,
equal to 30 hours of CE. On the other hand, according to the Circular No. 620/202 / D dated 05/03/2013,
Department of human Development has determined the maximum of annual training hours for holders of Diploma
and Advanced Diploma qualifications 150 hours, BSc 130 hoursand MSc and higher degrees 120 hours, to take
benefit of all the privileges, assuming that the number of staff training hours can be on average 65 hours, and
according to the statistics of 110 thousand nurses that has been declared in the nursing deputy department in 2015
(2).If 110 thousand nurses receive an average of 65 hours of education annually, a total of 6500000 hours of
education has been spent for nursing staff only (not for all the professional staff of the Ministry of Health). If the
average direct and indirect costs (the cost of the hall, Professor, printing, transfer, the reception, the lack of paid
leave and a replacement one shift instead of the staff who are training) of every training hour in the current situation
is calculated 3.5$, a cost equal to 1347500$ per year is spent on education of nursing personnel, that a cost equal to
6737500$ during five years. This happens when nursing offices of universities allocate almost no cost in the form of
independent budget for training their personnel. And this amount of cost is supported by 3 autonomous centers that
are hardly related to each other such as Continuing Education Center, in-service education centers and education
offices of the hospitals.

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