Attitudes to Project 2000: a survey of qualified nurses
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Attitudes to Project 2000: a survey of qualified nurses

Philip Cuthbertson Nurse Teacher, Highland and Western Isles College of Nursing, Education Unit, Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

This article describes a survey which established a link between qualified nursing staff’s attitudes towards Project 2000 (P2000) courses and the nature of their knowledge base of the local course. Several writers have noted that negative attitudes towards students in clinical practice have been expressed by qualified staff (Hobson 1992, Mangan 1992). The survey was carried out across the whole Western Isles Health Board area and included all qualified nursing staff. It attempted to measure the nature and extent of attitudes towards P2000 and to gauge the accuracy of knowledge held by qualified nursing staff concerning the local P2000 course. This information was then related to the nature of the learning environment. The results showed that qualified nurses thought P2000 nurses were not well prepared, but that their knowledge of the course was often inaccurate.

Nursing Standard. 11, 11, 38-41. doi: 10.7748/ns1996.12.11.11.38.c2432