|1.||Inservice education is education for licensed nurses who are functioning in settings where nursing is practiced; this education is provided or sponsored by an agency or institution through which nursing as well as other health services are provided. The nurses are thus organizational members of the sponsoring agency or institution; they are in service.|
|2.||The education offered is related to nursing as it is or as it should be practiced within the agency or institution.|
Since nurses are the legitimate practitioners of scientifically derived and scientifically practiced nursing within agencies and institutions, the topic of inservice education and nursing practice can be developed from both an institutional point of view and from the point of view of the nurse and nursing practice. Consideration is given to institutional factors and nursing factors that are relevant to inservice education for nurses; suggestions then are made about a nursing focus to guide inservice education within agencies and institutions with nurse members.
This chapter was previously published in Forces Affecting Nursing Practice: The Proceedings of the
Continuing Education Series conducted under the auspices of the Workshops Office of the Catholic
University of America, March 7-May 2, 1968, ed. D. D. Petrowski & M. T. Partheymuller.
Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America.