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Competencies added to national guidance on adult endocrine nursing

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An updated competency framework for adult endocrine nursing has been developed to standardise and improve the quality of care for patients with hormone related diseases.

The framework will be published this week in the journal Endocrine Connections and builds upon the original version which was published in 2013 by the Society for Endocrinology.

The framework is the product of “extensive collaboration between nurses working in adult endocrinology”, said the society.

“The aim is to provide a tool that allows nurses working in adult endocrinology to develop from a novice to an expert practitioner”

Lisa Shepherd

The competencies are “easily transferable and should help nurses working both at home and abroad to develop as professional practitioners and enhance the clinical care that adults with endocrine disorders receive worldwide”, it added.

New competencies added to the framework include benign adrenal tumours, hypo- and hyper-parathyroidism, osteoporosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome.

Lisa Shepherd, co-author of the framework and chair of the Society for Endocrinology Nurse Committee, said: “The aim of the framework is to provide a tool that allows nurses working in adult endocrinology to develop from a novice to an expert practitioner. 

“It allows for the advancement of nurses by identifying their current level of practice and development of personal and educational needs,” she said.

“The competency framework provides a means of achieving and maintaining consistently high standards of equitable care,” she added.

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