The nursing director of one of the largest trusts in England has called into question education standards around basic nursing care.
Heart of England Foundation Trust director of nursing Mandie Sunderland particularly questioned the ability of newly qualified nurses to produce and understand care plans.
Speaking at the Nursing Times Delivering High Quality Nursing Care conference this month, she told delegates that new nurses were often not familiar with the “fundamental issues of care”.
“We’ve got a real problem as a profession. We’ve got a whole generation of nursing that doesn’t understand care planning,” she said during a presentation on assuring the quality of nursing care.
“We need to look at whether we’ve got the [pre-registration training] model wrong,” she added.
Ms Sunderland highlighted the example of newly qualifieds failing to understand the care pathway for pressure ulcers and, as a result, not calling for the tissue viability team when appropriate.
In order to address the problem, she called on delegates to respond to the NMC consultation on pre-registration training – the second phase of which will take place between January and April 2010 and will include new draft standards for nurse education.