The RCN in Wales is pleased to announce that it will launch 'The Future of Nursing Education in Wales: Education Strategy 2016' today at the RCN Wales Leadership Summit in Cardiff. The publication will be officially presented to Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services.The next generation of nurses need an education which is future-proofed, resulting in nurses who have developed the intellectual skills of problem-solving,
clinical decision making, professional judgment and research appraisal and application together with the essential clinical competencies, knowledge and attitudes.
In this strategy, the educational needs of the current and future workforce are addressed. It is intended that this Education Strategy will be a key enabler for ensuring that appropriate education, training and preparation underpins nursing practice for the future.
The strategy was developed within the nursing profession across Wales and including Professor Ceri Phillips, Head of the College of Human and Health Sciences and Professor of Health Economics at Swansea Centre for Health Economics, nurse directors and the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales’ Office.
The RCN in Wales hosted two health education summits which drew nurse leaders in health care and nurse education from across the Wales. The goal was to focus on developing an RCN Wales strategy related to the future of nurse/nursing education in Wales. The scope includes pre and post registration nurse education, advanced practice and healthcare support worker education.
Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN in Wales, said: “It is essential that nurses and health care support workers are constantly and consistently supported through education and training to be able to meet changing service needs and new models of care. We are grateful to the Health Minister for agreeing to consider the strategy and its recommendations which set an important direction both for nurse education and patient care.”