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.e449Correspondence
This article has been subject to open peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 04 September 2013
Accepted: 19 December 2013
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