Any nurse needs refreshing courses in order to promote his/her scientific and professional abilities. To this end, he/she should change simultaneous with scientific and technological advances. Personal development plan, PDP, serves as a tool for the continuous improvement of knowledge and professional skills. The implementation of PDP in organizations goes with several outcomes including: the identification of individuals’ strengths, expanding and utilizing them, the identification of individuals’ weaknesses, and formulating plans for eliminating them. This, in turn, results in organizational excellence in all dimensions. The aim of this study is to define Birjand teaching hospitals nurses’ attitude towards PDP.
Materials and Methods: This is a descriptive study conducted on 153 nurses working in Birjand teaching hospitals from 2015 to 2016. Data was collected using a researcher-made questionnaire with two parts. The first part addressed demographic information and the second part covered items about the objectives of study in five fields: PDP identification, educational needs, implementation and HR capabilities, PDP implementation and PDP effectiveness.
Results: According to results, the mean scores of PDP identification, educational needs, implementation and HR capabilities, PDP implementation and PDP effectiveness items was 16±0.3, 25.1±0.5, 18.8±0.3, 40.4±0.6 and 14.3±0.6, respectively. The mean score of whole questionnaire was 114.8±1.6. In general, the attitude of the studied nurses towards PDP was in a moderate level.
Conclusion: Based on the obtained results, it is recommended to add to the number of nurses, to decrease their working hours and to improve PDP implementation capabilities in order to further benefit from PDP on the one hand and to decrease the barriers of participating in such programs on the other hand.