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NMC says quality of nursing courses improving

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The overall quality of nursing and midwifery education courses in the UK has improved, according to the NMC.

The regulator last week published the results from the second year of its quality monitoring programme for nursing and midwifery course providers. Providers were assessed across five areas – resources, admissions and progression, practice learning, fitness for practice, and quality assurance.

Overall 79 per cent of providers were rated “good” or “outstanding” in 2008-09, compared with 74 per cent in 2007-08. As a result, 21 per cent have been rated “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” this time compared to 26 per cent in 2007-08.

Education courses were most often rated unsatisfactory because of poor performance in practice learning, such as inadequately prepared mentors, or on fitness for practice, for example by failing to incorporate changes in the curriculum in response to new standards.

A total of 53 course providers were monitored and graded in 2008-09, compared to 84 in 2007-08. The remaining 31 providers were allowed to complete a self-assessment this year and provide a report to the NMC as a reward for good performance last year.

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  • Obviously I cannot speak for every course out there, with every university seeming to offer wildly differing levels and variety of training, but I can speak for the two university's I have attended (having switched to another university half way through my course).

    The general quality of the courses have been absolutely appalling. Of course they have put on a lot of modules and lectures concerning management, the law, ethics and of course the all important diversity and patients rights, but have paid basic lip service to the little things like A&P and pathophysiology, skills labs are basic and few and far between (doing as little as they can get away with) and absolutely nothing at all on medications and drugs.

    Not what I would call quality courses for what is essentially a medical profession.

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  • Going by the above response things don't seem to have changed since the early 90's when I did a nursing degree course. My course may as well have been called 'Teach Yourself Nursing'! I have noticed that the standard of spelling and grammar has fallen dramatically over the years. For those who say that doesn't matter, I beg to differ. Communication - both written and verbal is a key aspect of the profession. If some of the written reports I have seen were ever to be read out in a court of law Nurses would be a laughing stock. In my opinion nursing is 'dumbing down'.

    The above is drawn from my many years of experience as a nurse plus the (not good) experience of being a relative of a patient.

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