On the precipice of great things: the current state of UK nurse education

Julie Taylor, Fiona Irvine, Caroline Bradbury-Jones, Hugh McKenna

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    The significant policy changes in UK health care over the past decade have led to a consequent shift in the delivery of nurse education to ensure the development and sustainability of a knowledgeable nursing workforce. One of the most recent, radical and important initiatives is Modernising Nursing Careers, which outlined four key priority areas for nursing, all of which have implications for nurse education. In light of this initiative, we explore the extent to which the modernisation of nursing careers is rhetoric or reality for UK nurse education – we are on the precipice of great change. To facilitate this, we move chronologically through the issues of recruitment and access; pre-registration preparation; and post-qualification education and careers. In discussing these issues, we demonstrate that more changes are needed to produce nurses who are flexible, visionary and prepared to take risks. We suggest that vision, leadership and strong realignment with health priorities are needed to bring nurse education to a point where nurses are truly prepared for the demands of a 21st century health service.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)239-244
    Number of pages6
    JournalNurse Education Today
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Pre registration
    • Modernising nursing careers
    • Post qualification
    • Competence assessment


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