Ellis, Judith, Glasper, Edward Alan, McEwing, Gill and Richardson, Jim
The future of post-registration education for children's and young people's nursing: a SWOT analysis
Journal of Children's and Young People's Nursing, 1, (2), .
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The primary aim of this paper is to elucidate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats surrounding the arena of post-registration education provision for children’s and young people’s nurses in the UK. The authors of this paper were approached by the Association of Chief Children’s Nurses (ACCN) in the autumn of 2006 and asked to conduct the analysis.
An email letter was sent to the head of each children’s and young people’s nursing department in all higher education institutions offering children’s nursing in all four countries of the UK (n?=?63) inviting them to participate in the SWOT analysis. There was a tight timescale in which to prepare the presentation for the symposium and therefore two reminder emails were subsequently sent to the participants. Seventeen (26.9% of the sample) university child health departments representing the four countries of the UK participated in the analysis, generating useful data which was subsequently collated for presentation at the symposium. The respondents identified a number of strengths to the existing provision across the UK, including the availability of a good range of appropriate modules that promote evidence-based practice and strong partnerships with care providers. A number of weaknesses were highlighted, including difficulties experienced by managers in releasing staff from practice. Opportunities were identified, particularly that of collaborative working and changes to the way in which post-registration education is designed and delivered. The primary threat to post-registration education delivery was perceived to be financial cuts to the education budgets within NHS care provider institutions and within the higher education sector itself.
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