ABSTRACT Objective: This descriptive study was conducted to reveal the views of nurses who
participated in an intensive care nursing certification program regarding the process of planning
and implementing care.
Materials and Methods: The sample comprised 218 voluntary nurses who completed an intensive
care nursing certificate program in one of four different education centers. A questionnaire
consisting of twenty-five questions, two of which were open-ended, was used to collect the data.
The quantitative data were evaluated with descriptive statistics while the qualitative data obtained
from the open-ended questions were examined using content analysis.
Results: The average age of the participants was 31.7±7.1, and 81.2% were female. The majority
of participants stated that they were satisfied with the program content, duration, related learning
methods, practical training, and educators. They also noted that the contribution level of the
program to their professional knowledge and skills was 69.2±25.2%. Two main themes were
determined for content analysis of the qualitative data: design and implementation of the program
and the achievements of trainees.
Conclusion: Nurses who participated in the intensive care nursing certificate program seemed
generally satisfied with the training. However, some other arrangements are needed to design a
competency-based program and to conduct it using educators who teach using common course
training materials in coordination and cooperation with all training centers.
Keywords: Certificate of need, continuing education, intensive care unit, nursing