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This study investigated Texas nurses' attitudes toward mandatory continuing education, and their perceptions of skill improvement, knowledge enrichment, and improvement of health care to the public as a result of participation in continuing education programs. Seventy-two percent of the respondents had a positive attitude toward mandatory continuing education. Significant relationships were present between the attitudes and the perceptions of psychomotor skills improvement, cognitive improvement, affective skills improvement, and health care to the public. Four variables were predictive of the attitude toward mandatory education. In addition, the nurses preferred lecture or discussion formats and independent providers of continuing education.