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An evaluation of An Bord Altranais on-line e-learning programme: introducing competence assessment
Ryan, Ann Marie
Background An Bord Altranais, like most statutory and regulatory nursing bodies worldwide, is responsible for, and concerned with, the promotion of high standards of professional education, training, practice and professional conduct among nurses and midwives. The emphasis on "quality" through standards in education, practice and conduct is now considered as being at the heart of clinical governance. Departments of health in the UK and Europe now espouse similar principles under the general term "clinical governance". Clinical governance is concerned with continuing professional development as well as issues of audit, risk management and evidence- based practice. Training institutions are expected to develop capabilities that will enable graduate nurses to function efficiently in the workplace. This is the basis of the competency movement - for each profession a number of necessary competencies should be identified. Educational institutions and practice placements should then be judged in terms of the degree to which they develop these competencies in their graduates (Bowden and Martin 1998). The five domains of competence representing the level the student must achieve on completion of the education programme for entry to the Register held by An Bord Altranais are: 1. Professional/ ethical practice 2. Holistic approaches to care and the integration of knowledge 3. Interpersonal relationships 4. Organisation and management of care 5. Personal and professional development (ABA, 2000:14) To fulfil its role, An Bord Altranais provides guidance for training institutions, sets standards and makes, through Nurses Rules, 1988 (Amendment) Rules, 1998 and 1999, provision for third level institutions to carry out assessments of students. An Bord (2003) has acknowledged assessment as serving a gatekeeper function for those admitted to the professional register
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Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): An Bord Altranais (ABA)
First Indexed: 2014-04-02 06:18:43 Last Updated: 2017-04-26 07:52:58