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Staff at a paediatric emergency unit in Cardiff took matters into their own hands to answer the question: how do nurses collectively improve knowledge and skills under environmental constraints?

Staff at a paediatric emergency unit in Cardiff took matters into their own hands to answer the question: how do nurses collectively improve knowledge and skills under environmental constraints?

Emergency nursing is a highly skilled, rapidly evolving speciality and as nurses we are obliged to keep up with these changes.

The challenges have been well documented: increased waiting times; a reduction in national bed numbers; increased patient attendances; limited resources and decreasing funding. These are all making it difficult to deliver ‘shop-floor’ teaching and structured educational packages for staff. Furthermore, with recent terrorist threats and major incidents seemingly becoming a more regular occurrence nationally, it is essential that front-line nurses are equipped educationally to deal with these complex and stressful events.

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The paediatric emergency unit (PEU) at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff has more

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