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On the precipice of great things: The current state of UK nurse education

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Taylor, Julie, Irvine, Fiona, Bradbury-Jones, Caroline and McKenna, Hugh (2010) On the precipice of great things: The current state of UK nurse education. NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, 30 (3). pp. 239-244. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.10.013

Abstract

The significant policy changes in UK health care over the past decade have led to a consequent shift in the delivery of nurse education to ensure the development and sustainability of a knowledgeable nursing workforce. One of the most recent, radical and important initiatives is Modernising Nursing Careers, which outlined four key priority areas for nursing, all of which have implications for nurse education. In light of this initiative, we explore the extent to which the modernisation of nursing careers is rhetoric or reality for UK nurse education - we are on the precipice of great change. To facilitate this, we move chronologically through the issues of recruitment and access; pre-registration preparation; and post-qualification education and careers. In discussing these issues, we demonstrate that more changes are needed to produce nurses who are flexible, visionary and prepared to take risks. We suggest that vision, leadership and strong realignment with health priorities are needed to bring nurse education to a point where nurses are truly prepared for the demands of a 21st century health service. Crown Copyright (C) 2009 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
ID Code:19491
Deposited By:Yvonne Dunwoody (Admin)
Deposited On:11 Aug 2011 14:11
Last Modified:11 Aug 2011 14:11

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