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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Nursing and Midwifery in Scotland: Being Fit for Practice
Other Titles: The Report of the Evaluation of Fitness For Practice Pre-Registration Nursing and Midwifery Curricula Project
Author(s): Lauder, William
Roxburgh, Michelle
Holland, Karen
Johnson, Martin
Watson, Roger
Porter, Mary
Topping, Keith J
Behr, Aga
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Citation: Lauder W, Roxburgh M, Holland K, Johnson M, Watson R, Porter M, Topping KJ & Behr A (2008) Nursing and Midwifery in Scotland: Being Fit for Practice. NHS Education for Scotland (NES).
Keywords: nursing
numeracy skills
Issue Date: Sep-2008
Publisher: NHS Education for Scotland (NES)
Abstract: 1.1 Introduction The debate about the competence of newly qualified nurses and midwives has a long and contentious history. Much of this debate has not been informed by a strong evidence-base, but has often relied on anecdote, personal experience and deeply held opinion. Recently, Clark and Holmes (2007) reported findings that in England ward mangers have low expectations of newly qualified nurses, who themselves reported feeling poorly prepared for their new role. Whether this reflects an accurate picture of real competence is open to question and this potential disjuncture between judgements about competency and actual competency is at the heart of this evaluation. The wider political debate on pre-registration curricula shows little sign of disappearing with the current RCN General Secretary questioning the competence of newly qualified nurses (Snow & Harrison 2008). Such pronouncements by high-profile figures have characterised much of the debate around preregistration education since the Project 2000 curriculum. The literature outlined in this chapter will extend to exploring social cognitive theory (Bandura 1977). Many evaluations of pre-registration curricula are atheoretical and it is the intention of this evaluation to avoid such a significant limitation by explicitly locating the evaluation within a theoretical framework.
Type: Research Report
Rights: The publisher has granted permission for use of this report in this Repository. The report, Nursing and Midwifery in Scotland: Being Fit for Practice, was first published by NHS Education for Scotland (NES).
Affiliation: HS Research - Stirling
HS Post Qual - Stirling
University of Salford
University of Salford
HS Research - Stirling
NHS Fife
University of Dundee
University of Dundee

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