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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > School for Education Futures > Centre for Developmental and Applied Research in Education (CeDARE) > Professional and Adult Learning > Healthcare reforms: implications for the education and training of acute and critical care nurses

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Title: Healthcare reforms: implications for the education and training of acute and critical care nurses
Authors: Glen, Sally
Citation: Postgraduate Medical Journal, 80 706-710
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Journal: Postgraduate Medical Journal
Issue Date: 2004
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/26398
DOI: 10.1136/pgmj.2003.009456
Additional Links: http://pmj.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/80/950/706
Abstract: This paper offers a wide ranging analysis of the drivers that resulted in scrutiny of medical, nursing, and healthcare professional roles. It suggests that what is needed is a coherent vision of the future shape of the health workforce. This requires moving beyond the presumption that reforming working practices primarily involves "delegating doctors" responsibilities to nurses. The paper argues that it is self evident that the implications of changes in healthcare roles and the ability of existing professionals to function effectively in the future will require education, training, and human resource investment supportive of the changes. It suggests a clear definition of competence and a national standard to practice is essential for nurses working in acute and acute critical settings. There should therefore be a correlation between levels of practice, levels of education, and remuneration. Furthermore, education programmes for senior nurses should sit coherently alongside the education programmes required by Modernising Medical Careers. Finally, the realisation of the government’s service and modernisation agenda will require a culture change within higher education institutions, postgraduate deaneries, professional organisations, workforce development confederations, and NHS trusts.
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: Healthcare reforms
Nurses’ training
Acute care
Critical care
ISSN: 00325473
Appears in Collections: Professional and Adult Learning

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