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An evaluation of neonatal nurse professional development in Vietnam

MacVicar, Sonya



This is an evaluation of neonatal nurse continued professional development delivered in Vietnam. Course outcomes of participant academic and clinical performance, nurse feedback and service improvement were mapped to Kirkpatrick’s evaluation model. The data showed the nurses were proficient in technical skills but possessed limited autonomous clinical decision-making ability. The training enhanced their understanding of the evidence base underpinning neonatal care but their learning experience was restricted by limited academic resources available in Vietnamese. The evaluation concluded that to support the nurses construct their own practice knowledge, the training provision should be founded on their specific clinical and contextual needs rather than replicate existing programmes. Recommendations for their continued professional development is to build capacity amongst the local nursing workforce to ensure sustainability of learning and enhance clinical outcomes.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 3, 2022
Online Publication Date Jan 7, 2022
Publication Date 2022-12
Deposit Date Jan 17, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 8, 2023
Print ISSN 1355-1841
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 6
Pages 440-444
Keywords Neonatal nurse; nurse education; Vietnam ;Kirkpatrick evaluation model; CRe-DEPTH framework; Low Middle Income Country
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