Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



First Committee Member

Rosemary Witt

Number of Pages



There is ongoing conceptual controversy between mandatory and voluntary continuing education (CE) for relicensure of nurses. This controversy was studied by Arneson in 1979 and 1981, but not reported until 1985. This present research is a replication of Arneson's studies. The study addresses nurses' attitudes concerning mandatory CE (MCE) and examines relationships between professional, personal, and demographic factors that affect these attitudes; The study population was nurses registered in the state of Nevada. A sample of 600 nurses was chosen using a stratified random selection method from a list of all Nevada nurses. The data were collected via mailed questionnaires. Frequency distributions and T-tests were utilized to analyze the data; The study in Nevada determined that mandatory continuing education was acceptable to those nurses surveyed; however, changes could be made in content, cost, and allowable home study, especially in rural areas. For any state with a large rural population which now requires or which is considering mandatory continuing education for relicensure, the study shows cost and content must be planned realistically in order to increase nursing proficiency.


Attitudes; Continuing; Education; Mandatory; Nevada; Nurses

Controlled Subject

Nursing; Adult education

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2099.2 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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