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Terkamo-Moisio, A., Peltonen, L.-M., Kaakinen, P., Palonen, M., Vaartio-Rajalin, H., Fagerström, L., Kaunonen, M., Leino-Kilpi, H., & Häggman-Laitila, A. (2023). Structural and psychological empowerment of learners enrolled in continuing nursing leadership education in finland: A quasi-experimental longitudinal study. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 54(10), 462–471.

Structural and psychological empowerment of learners enrolled in continuing nursing leadership education in Finland : a quasi-experimental longitudinal study

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Author: Terkamo-Moisio, Anja1; Peltonen, Laura-Maria2; Kaakinen, Pirjo3;
Organizations: 1University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
2University of Turku, Turku, Finland
3University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
5Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa, Finland
6Tampere University, and General Administration, Pirkanmaa Hospital District, Tampere, Finland
7University of Turku, and Nurse Director, Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland
8University of Eastern Finland, and Chief Nursing Officer, Helsinki Social and Health Care, Kuopio, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Slack, 2023
Publish Date: 2024-09-01


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.

Methods: 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.

Conclusions: Continuing education seems to benefit nurse leaders, and the continuing nursing leadership education program was positively associated with learners’ perceived empowerment.

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Series: Journal of continuing education in nursing
ISSN: 0022-0124
ISSN-E: 1938-2472
ISSN-L: 0022-0124
Volume: 54
Issue: 10
Pages: 462 - 471
DOI: 10.3928/00220124-20230829-04
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
516 Educational sciences
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