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This study was directed to determine to What Extent Inservice Educational Programs in Puerto Rico help the Newly Professional and Technical Nurse in the Development of Practical Nursing skills and Fulfillment of Needs.


Eight current inservice educational programs were analyzed from four private and four state hospitals. The sample was composed of two hundred professional and technical nurses both sexes, plus a number of forty seven administrative nursing personnel included in the study, based on their relationship within inservice programs and graduate nurses' performance in practice. The main instrument used in the study was a questionnaire validated by six nurses from another hospital not included in the study. The instrument was geared to evidence if nurse's needs were considered prior to inservice education. It will evidence also if the inservice programs had a direct relationship with a qualified nursing care provided by nurses.

Three private hospitals evidenced excellent inservice programs. The other four were rated as average. The last two programs were incompleted. A number of 100% participants indicated that a relationship exist between the nursing care provided to patients and inservice education. 77.3% agreed that newly professional and technical nurses had limited practical nursing skills upon graduation. A number of 68% agreed that follow up evaluations after inservice improve nursing care and inservice programs. A 67.6% responded that adequacy or inadequacy staffing affect attendance to inservice activities. This implies that the four hypothesis were acceptable by the majority of participants in the study.

Recommendations from all participants in the study to improve inservice programs:

a. assess nurse's need prior to inservice

b. diagnose mastered skill and practice already gained

c. provide practice in all clinical areas prior to ward assignment

d. use individualized learning in procedures as:

  1. intravenous therapies
  2. catherization
  3. nursing reports
  4. doctor's orders

Findings were reported in numbers, percentages and descriptive tables.