Date of Conferral



Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Stacy Wahl


Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) is increasingly being used for professional development. However, at one hospital in the northeast region of the United States, it was observed that nurses were not completing their CAI professional development modules and were failing to meet continuous education requirements. This qualitative case study explored professional nurses’ perspectives regarding the usefulness of CAI as a mode of professional development. The conceptual frameworks used to guide this study were Davis’ theory of technology acceptance, and Knowles’s theory of andragogy. The research question explored how professional nurses perceived the usefulness of CAI to assimilate new learning. The participants in the study included 10 nurses and 8 nurse educators, purposely selected, who worked in a cardiac-stroke center in a hospital situated in the northeastern region of the United States. Data were collected through semistructured interviews and analyzed using coding techniques. Emerging themes perceived to be deterrents of engaging in CAI were lack of knowledge, experience, and content. This study contributes to positive social change by fostering the professional development of nurses through interventions that are informed by the study findings.