Analysis

Queen’s Nursing Institute champions specialist qualification for district nurses

At the end of last year, a Queen’s Nursing Institute report stated that district nurses (DNs) who complete a specialist practitioner qualification are best placed to manage complex caseloads and make decisions about patients’ needs.

At the end of last year, a Queen’s Nursing Institute report stated that district nurses (DNs) who complete a specialist practitioner qualification are best placed to manage complex caseloads and make decisions about patients’ needs.

Queen’s nurse Candice Pellett

The report, written by Queen’s nurse Candice Pellett, promotes the value of the specialist practitioner qualification in district nursing (SPQDN) and is based on focus groups with Queen’s nurses, nursing educators and students, an online survey, a literature review and data analysis.

Of the 407 survey respondents, 62% felt that if a nurse did not have a qualification, aspects of patient care could be compromised and poor decisions might be made regarding patients’ needs.

Judgement

Nearly nine-tenths said they had higher levels of judgement and decision-making skills after completing the qualification.

The course helps community nurses provide holistic care, manage complex caseloads, prevent unnecessary hospital

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