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1 Modern Concepts of Skill and their Application to Nursing and Lifelong Learning Dr Cathy Doggett Mrs Jan Firth

2 International Perspective ‘A key goal of nursing education must be the preparation of well educated registered nurses to meet global workforce needs with the capacity to make scientifically sound contributions to health outcomes for recipients of nursing care through provision of quality care’ (Daly, Macleod-Clark, Lancaster, Bednash, Orchard 2008).

3 Modernising Nursing Careers; Setting the Direction (DH 2006) ‘Any Healthcare system needs nurses who are intellectually able and emotionally aware and who can combine technical clinical skills with deep understanding and ability to care, as one human to another. This is the constant of nursing it is our promise to society.’ Beasley (2006)

4 A Skilled Workforce Central to the improvement of quality of care is a workforce enabled and empowered to deliver the best care possible (Holland 2008), this applies to wherever the nurse is practising and to achieve this an effective framework for skill development is required.

5 UK Context Current Nursing and Midwifery Council review of pre registration nursing Consultation on proposed changes to current Standards All graduate profession ‘the combination of skills, knowledge, attitudes, values and technical abilities that underpin safe and effective nursing practice and interventions’ adapted from the Queensland Nursing Council 2009,

6 The Nature of Skilful Capability Particularly relevant to nursing which: is fundamentally about the promotion of well being and independence comprises a multiplicity of skills typically has levels of embedded goals and sub goals, both mental and physical as in Tomlinson’s (1995) notion of Hierarchical embeddedness

7 Defining Skill Skill is a relatively consistent ability to achieve a particular kind of goal through action in/on relevant kinds of contexts (Tomlinson 1995) Skills are identified through their goals, action processes and/or contexts, varying from physical capabilities to those of an intellectual nature.

8 Nursing Skills On the definition used nursing; qualifies as a form of skill it is a purposeful caring activity it involves the assistance of persons in the performance of activities they would accomplish unaided if they had the necessary resources it promotes well being it can be done effectively or ineffectively one can be good or bad at it generally or in particular areas effective skill development is essential as ultimately their skills or lack of them have important implications on standards of care and thus patient/client safety

9 Characteristics of skill skilled action is characterised by the fluency, economy and ease with which goals are achieved expert performance looks fluent, seamless and simple feels relatively effortless to the performer

10 University of Huddersfield Work on the premise that the strategic nature of skill brings out the fact that it is; knowledge based A skilful nurse; has ‘know how’ having a procedural of what to do knows when to do it and how it works ‘knowing that’ or ‘declarative knowledge’ All integrated in a skilled performance recognising that such knowledge and action can be deployed at different levels of awareness Skilful action looks seamless and simple but is complex An understanding of the nature of skill has been considered by us in developing our framework

11 Applicability to Nursing Government and Statutory Body Reports in UK at turn of century suggested lack of skilful capability in newly qualified nurses New strategies introduced University and practitioners strengthened partnerships Successfully planned skill development A continuum for a career

12 Local Context;Incremental Approach Based on; Long standing evidence that skill acquisition requires meaningful or experimental ‘practice’ Repeated attempts that are planned and corrected through appropriate feedback Simulation in a safe and controlled environment Follow up practice in the real world under supervision A continuing development framework

13 Our Facilities Six bedded ward area Critical care area Theatre Community room Children ward Snoozlem room

14 Strategic Stakeholders Service Providers Commissioners Strategic Health Authority Department of Health Reference: Workforce Ambitions NHS Yorkshire and the Humber (adapted)

15 Pre qualifying Framework 2300 hours theory; 300 hours simulation; 2000 hours practice ↓ Year 1 Practice module 1 and 2 (simulation and practice) ↓ Year 2 Practice module 1 and 2 (simulation and practice) ↓ Year 3 Practice module 1 and 2 (simulation and practice)

16 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) CPD ∕ \ short courses awards e.g. nurse prescribing ∕ | \ wound debridement bachelor master doctorate cervical screening \ ∕ professional studies/health studies

17 Benefits of this Approach All modules mapped, evaluated and revised Effective partnerships A career continuum Flexibility and adaptability


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