RCN Wales launches nursing education strategy

The Future of Nursing Education in Wales Strategy 2016 has been developed to equip nurses for changing healthcare needs.

RCN Wales has published its first nursing education strategy which aims to equip nurses with the skills and competencies to work with increasingly complex patients in different settings.

Launching the strategy, RCN Wales director Tina Donnelly, said: ‘It is essential that nurses and healthcare support workers are constantly and consistently supported through education and training to be able to meet changing service needs and new models of care.’

The Future of Nursing Education in Wales Strategy 2016, which was launched at RCN Wales’ Leadership Summit in Cardiff on March 17, has been developed in the national policy context and to meet the changing needs of the population.

RCN Wales associate director of professional practice Alison Davies said: ‘There hasn’t been an RCN Wales education strategy before. But with healthcare in Wales being in a period of transition, we took the opportunity to look at how nursing education needs to fit with the changing political and public health agendas. Now the scene is set for nursing leaders to look at the strategy and how it can be implemented.'

She added that one of the greatest strengths of the strategy is that it is member and profession-led.

It has an emphasis on intellectual problem solving, clinical decision making, professional judgment, research and appraisal application, together with essential clinical competencies, knowledge and attitudes.

To read the Future of Nursing Education in Wales Strategy 2016 click here

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