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Student debate: Should universities teach more clinical skills?

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Do you feel confident that when you qualify you will have all the skills you need to work as a nurse?

Nurse education is constantly changing - from years ago when nurses trained entirely in hospitals, to the current practice of students spending 50% of their course on placement and 50% in the classroom.

As important as it is to learn the theory behind practice, do you feel you’re missing out on vital clinical skills that you then need to learn post-qualifying?






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  • Of course we should spend more time learning clinical skills and how to perform them effectively.

    For example, we spent a two hour session on Intramuscular injections. This included theory and practice... that is not long enough to look at a fundamental nursing skill.

    It might be argued that we learn these skills in practice. However, when going on my local trusts IMI training many nurses who were training had not received any update since their training...(In some cases this was 10-20 years) there may be legitimate reasons for this but I don't want to be taught by nurses who are not up to date in their training and knowledge. I mean no disrespect to these people either, but we need to keep our practice out of date for the benefit of our patients.

    In contrast, learning skills without getting to apply them in practice is also kind of pointless as learning is most effective when you start using your skills / teaching them.

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