A study of the skills, education and qualifications of nurses performing dermatological surgery in the United Kingdom

Eddy, Lynsey and Duffy, Richelle (2019) A study of the skills, education and qualifications of nurses performing dermatological surgery in the United Kingdom. Dermatological Nursing: The journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Group, 18 (4). pp. 10-15. ISSN 1477-3368

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Abstract

Background: There has been a significant expansion of the nurse’s role in thefield of dermatological surgery in recent years. Yet, how this role has developedvaries significantly from Trust to Trust, and anecdotal evidence indicates a highdegree of inconsistency in the clinical roles undertaken.Aim: This study aims to explore the skills, education, and qualifications of nurse’s performing dermatological surgery in the United Kingdom. Findings being used to determine the training and supervision needs of nurse surgeons and implications for high quality care provision.Method: Data was collected using an electronic online questionnaire, distributednationally to members of the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG).Specifically, nurses identifying as nurse surgeons were targeted.Results: 56 nurses responded and the findings demonstrate significant variations in the advanced roles adopted, the levels of education undertaken and the clinical supervision provided.Conclusion: It is clear from the findings that there are unacceptable variations inthe support and education offered to nurse undertaking dermatological surgeryin the UK making it difficult to benchmark care services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nurse Surgeons, dermatological nursing, training and education, clinical supervision
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2020 10:04
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2020 15:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42131

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