Development of competent children’s ward co-ordinators
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Development of competent children’s ward co-ordinators

Clair Scaife Clinical nurse educator, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Margaret October Medical division modern matron, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Valerie Kellett Clinical skills and simulation trainer, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Clair Scaife and colleagues outline an educational pathway designed to support band 5 nurses and give them leadership skills to take charge on their wards or departments regularly

Taking charge of a clinical shift on a ward is daunting for newly qualified staff nurses. This article describes the co-ordinators competency pathway, written to guide and assess band 5 ward nurses, and a co-ordinators development day, which is a simulation-based training day developed by a team of senior nurses to prepare band 5 nurses to become competent children’s ward co-ordinators. Each of two groups – of either experienced or less experienced band 5s – starts with the training day as a base for either 12 or 18 months of in-work training that follow. A new job description matching the trust’s workforce reorganisation enabled this development of the band 5 nurse’s role. A service evaluation has found staff are more competent and confident as a result of this initiative.

Nursing Children and Young People. 26, 6, 16-21. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.26.6.16.e449


Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 04 September 2013

Accepted: 19 December 2013

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