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The educational preparation of nursing staff undertaking pre-assessment of surgical patients – a discussion of the issues

Ormrod, Graham (2004) The educational preparation of nursing staff undertaking pre-assessment of surgical patients – a discussion of the issues. Nurse Education Today, 24 (4). pp. 256-262. ISSN 0260-6917

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Abstract

This article discusses the education and training needs of nursing staff undertaking the pre-assessment of surgical patients in the context of role development within health care. The authors undertook this piece of work as part of a project to inform the development of a competency framework for use by registered nurses working in the field of pre-assessment screening and preparation of surgical patients.

A selective review of the literature on the education and training needs of pre-assessment nurses, and nurses undertaking expanded roles has been undertaken and some of the emerging issues are debated. The nature of current preparation for these roles and the apparent lack of any consistent approach to education and training for staff adjusting their scope of professional practice is debated. A brief review of the nature of competence and some of the different models including occupational competence models are presented. Finally, the implications of these for the development of a strategy for the acquisition and demonstration of knowledge and skills in pre-assessment nursing staff are presented.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2009 09:34
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2011 18:56
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/5835

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