Structural and Psychological Empowerment of Learners Enrolled in Continuing Nursing Leadership Education in Finland: A Quasi-Experimental Longitudinal Study

Anja Terkamo-Moisio*, Laura-Maria Peltonen, Pirjo Kaakinen, Mira Palonen, Heli Vaartio-Rajalin, Lisbeth Fagerström, Marja Kaunonen, Helena Leino-Kilpi, Arja Häggman-Laitila

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:This study was conducted to assess structural and psychological empowerment among learners enrolled in a continuing leadership education program. Although the number of nurse leadership development interventions has increased, there is little evidence on how they influence leaders' empowerment.
METHOD:A longitudinal study was employed, with learners (N = 85) enrolled in a continuing leadership education program as the participants. Data were collected in the beginning, at the end, and 8 months after the completion of the program using internationally validated instruments. Data were analyzed statistically.
RESULTS:A total of 25 learners (29%) responded to the questionnaire at all three data collection points. The education significantly increased psychological and structural empowerment across all dimensions except formal power. These increased levels of empowerment were partially sustained at the 8-month follow-up time point.
CONCLUSION: Continuing education seems to benefit nurse leaders, and the continuing nursing leadership education program was positively associated with learners' perceived empowerment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-471
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Volume54
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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