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NHS trusts report staff shortages worst in specialist roles


"combining the university training with ward training" This is the structure of the degree course they have moved classroom ward based learning to university's but clinical exposure starts on the wards from years 1-3 alongside university teaching. The degree programme was introduced to both professionalise nursing and ensure linear externally validated education. Moving simulations, skills acquisition and didactic lectures into universities upholds patient safety preparing students for applying knowledge on their clinical rotations with guidance and mentoring from experienced staff. If nurses can not apply scientific knowledge in the medical setting they leave themselves open to erroneous practice, compromising patient safety, poorly communicating with the multidisciplinary team and litigation. A&P is the very basics of what nurses do each day and to say it is not needed promotes an autopilot effect in nursing care through pattern recognition as opposed to critical thinking. Nursing is a science based profession alongside medicine and physiotherapy. The care is provided through knowledge. For longterm sustainability nursing perhaps look to other disciplines and countries models in medicine and indeed nursing in other parts of the world two years general experience with further skills acquisition is required before specialisation. After working in the NHS many nurses never have career progression meetings with their managers this is a very basic if we are to build nurses experience and guide it the right direction if their long-term interest which gives them experience, routes of access and the knowledge they require to eventually specialise. Many start their jobs hitting the ground running and do in house courses and training and other cpd in their own time. Managers need to invest themselves in nurses long term career goals guide them through this and secure them the appropriate training places. This is not a quick fix but it is the right road to long-term sustainability.

Posted date

12 September, 2015

Posted time

12:24 pm


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