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Discrimination of educational outcomes between differing levels of critical care programmes by selected

Aitken, Leanne M., Currey, Judy, Marshall, Andrea P. and Elliott, Doug 2008, Discrimination of educational outcomes between differing levels of critical care programmes by selected, Intensive and critical care nursing, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 68-77, doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2007.09.001.

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Title Discrimination of educational outcomes between differing levels of critical care programmes by selected
Author(s) Aitken, Leanne M.
Currey, JudyORCID iD for Currey, Judy orcid.org/0000-0002-0574-0054
Marshall, Andrea P.
Elliott, Doug
Journal name Intensive and critical care nursing
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 68
End page 77
Total pages 10
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2008-04
ISSN 0964-3397
1532-4036
Keyword(s) nurse education
critical care nursing
mixed-method
research report
Summary Objective: This study was designed to prioritise educational outcomes for three levels of postgraduate speciality critical care nursing programmes.

Background: Postgraduate speciality education has proliferated within Australia over the past 20 years. However, there is little agreement regarding the expected characteristics, or relevant priorities, of these characteristics of graduates successfully completing these programmes of study.

Method
: This study used a mixed-method approach comprising two phases. Initially a survey was mailed to volunteers between March and June 2005 to obtain priorities in educational outcomes for graduates of critical care programmes. This was followed by a stakeholder focus group in May 2006 to refine expected outcomes.

Results
: Survey respondents rated educational outcomes that described professional and legal aspects of practice to ensure safe patient care as highest priority for programme graduates. Although most educational outcome statements were considered important for graduates from all levels of courses, increasing levels of practice was described for increasingly higher levels of programmes from Graduate Certificate to Masters Degree.

Conclusion
: This study provides an emerging description of the priorities of critical care nursing programmes, with priority given to professional and legal aspects of practice. Further delineation of priorities is necessary to inform ongoing educational development.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.iccn.2007.09.001
Field of Research 130209 Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2007, Elsevier Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017679

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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