ORIGINAL: PDF OnlyContinuing Education Needs and Barriers for Public Health Nurses in Aboriginal Townships in Taitung, TaiwanChang, Wen-Yin; Tseng, Ing-Jy*; Hsiao, Fei-Hsiu**; Wang, Mei-Yeh***Author Information RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Supervisor of Cathay General Hospital; *RN, MSN, Instructor, College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University; **RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University; ***RN, MSN, Instructor, Cardinal Tien College of Nursing. Received: April 29, 2003 Revised: October 27, 2003 Accepted: October 29, 2003 Address correspondence to: Mei-Yeh Wang, 364 Chung Cheng Road, Hsintien, Taipei County 231, Taiwan, ROC. Tel: 886-2-2219-1131 ext. 606; E-mail: [email protected] Journal of Nursing Research: December 2003 - Volume 11 - Issue 4 - p 295-302 doi: 10.1097/01.JNR.0000347649.65745.dd Free Metrics Abstract In the fast-changing arena of health care, it is important for public health nurses (PHNs) to receive professional training through continuing education (CE) to maintain practice competencies in the community. However, little information is currently known about needs for and barriers to CE for PHNs in role transition; therefore, the aim of this study was to identify CE needs and barriers for 21 PHNs in four Taitung Aboriginal townships where density of Aborigines is the highest in Taiwan. Focus group interviews were used to collect data. Interview data were then analyzed using the four step processes of data analysis suggested by Webb and Kevern (2001). The results indicated that CE for PHNs in Taitung was limited. Community assessment, psychological consultation, gerontological care, palliative care, statistical analysis and interpretation, and emergency care were identified by PHNs as CE needs. For CE barriers, about 98% of the PHNs indicated that long distance traveling was the main barrier. Family factors and inadequate support from administrative leaders were the next. It is concluded that establishing local nursing schools, using the Internet to provide CE, and planning computer systematic education courses may reduce barriers for PHNs in Taitung county. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.