Evaluating the impact of a cardiac module for post-registration nurses
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Evaluating the impact of a cardiac module for post-registration nurses

Mary Edmonds Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
John Adams Senior lecturer, Anglia Ruskin Centre, Peterborough District Hospital, Peterborough

Aim To discover whether nursing students believed that a post-registration cardiac module was meeting their needs.

Method A descriptive qualitative approach was used in this study. Semi-structured interviews were recorded with a purposive sample of six registered nurses who had previously completed a cardiac module.

Findings Five core themes were identified: the value of the module, being a student, thinking about practice, improving delivery of care and role expansion.

Conclusion The study explored the extent to which a cardiac module developed the nurses’ confidence, skills and knowledge in the context of their ongoing careers. The findings were generally positive because the nurses recognised the benefits for their practice and personal development.

Nursing Standard. 24, 2,35-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.09.24.2.35.c7265

Correspondence

Mary.Edmonds@anglia.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review