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Professional development : the key to effectiveness

Turnbull, CJ 1988 , 'Professional development : the key to effectiveness', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Professional development of staff members, from an
organisational perspective, is an area to which minimal
attention has been given within the hospital system. Those
programs which have been provided have focused on a basic
orientation program for new employees, and some continuing
education sessions emphasising the use of equipment and new
procedures. The allocation of fiscal resources to this area
has been minimal, a planned, evaluated approach to the
educational needs of staff being perceived as relatively
The purpose of this dissertation is to investigate
the professional development needs of midwifery staff
employed at the Queen Alexandra Division, Royal Hobart
Hospital. It is the author's contention that, through a
program focusing on the professional and personal potential
of each midwife, the effective use of all available human
resources can be assured, with a concomitant increase in job
satisfaction for the participants, and the successful achievement of organisational goals.
A positive correlation between organisational
effectiveness and staff development is suggested within this
dissertation, this hypothesis being supported by an
examination of relevant literature. The distinction between
professional development programs, emphasising clinical
skills and updating of specialist knowledge, and staff
development programs is made , the latter aimed at providing
opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The responses to a midwifery staff's questionnaire aimed at eliciting
perceptions about their educational needs are analysed, and an outline of possible
programs for implementation discussed, attention being given
to cost-effectiveness and evaluation.
The success of any educational program is dependent
upon a supportive organisational climate, this aspect being examined in relation to the organisation in which the
planned program is to be implemented. Two tools are used
in an evaluation of the current organisational climate with
areas in need of improvement being highlighted.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Turnbull, CJ
Keywords: Royal Hobart Hospital. Queen Alexandra Division, Midwives
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Thesis (M.Ed.Stud.)-University of Tasmania, 1990. Bibliography: leaves 135-151

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