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Researching the contribution of social support and occupational self-efficacy in work-related learning of nurses

Rijdes, L. (2015) Researching the contribution of social support and occupational self-efficacy in work-related learning of nurses.

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Abstract:Due to an aging population and increasing demands, the working environment for health care institutions changes continuously. Therefore, nurses need to engage in work-related learning in addition to formal learning. The present study aimed to understand the relation between social support of colleagues and supervisors and the participation in WRL activities by nurses, mediated by occupational self-efficacy. A survey was used to determine the relationships between the above mentioned factors. From the research it was found that social support of supervisor influences work-related learning activities to a greater extent than social support of colleagues. Social support of the supervisor predicted all learning activities, while social support of the colleagues only predicted social informal learning activities. However, occupational self-efficacy mediated the relationship of social support of colleagues with informal learning activities. This research contributes to evidence of the relation of social support of the supervisor and social support of colleagues with participating in work-related learning activities. It is important to emphasize that in literature, the role of the supervisor is researched many times, while colleagues are less mentioned. This research proved that colleagues also contribute for an important part for WRL. In addition, occupational self-efficacy is involved in this relation.. As a follow-up research, it can be interesting to research if and how awareness of nurses of WRL activities can be stimulated by colleagues. This will add to the knowledge of support of colleagues in the field of WRL and provide guidelines in the practice of stimulating learning.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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