Designing and Developing Core Physiology Learning Outcomes for Pre-registration Nursing Education Curriculum

Wood, Alison F and Chandler, Colin and Connolly, Siobhan and Finn, Gabrielle and Jolly, Jim and Powell, Andrew D. and Davies, Carmel and Grant, Allison (2020) Designing and Developing Core Physiology Learning Outcomes for Pre-registration Nursing Education Curriculum. Advances in Physiology Education, 44 (3). pp. 464-474. ISSN 1522-1229

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Physiology is a key element of ‘bioscience’ education within pre-registration nursing programmes, but there is a lack of clarity on what is included. Physiology and bioscience content and delivery is highly varied across both higher education institutions and the related programmes in the UK. Despite evidence highlighting concerns over nurses lack of bioscience knowledge and unsafe practice, there is no universally agreed curriculum with detailed outcomes of minimum levels of knowledge to support nurses in practice and patient care. This study aimed to inform the construction of discipline specific physiology learning outcomes to clarify relevant physiological topics required in pre-registration nursing. Initially, 360 learning outcomes were identified from various sources. Using a modified Delphi approach, an expert panel from the Bioscience in Nurse Education group reviewed and modified the list to 195 proposed outcomes. These were circulated to Universities in the UK who teach Nursing (n=65). Outcomes which had 80% consensus were automatically included to the next round with others recommended with modification (response rate 22%). The panel reviewed the modifications and 182 outcomes were circulated in the second questionnaire (response rate 23%) and further panel review resulting in 177 outcomes agreed. These learning outcomes do not suggest how they should be delivered but gives the basic level required for qualification as a nurse commensurate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council new standards for the 'future nurse'.

Item Type: Article
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2 July 2020Accepted
14 August 2020Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: nurse education, curriculum, nursing, pre-registration, Delphi
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-05 - medical sciences > CAH02-05-04 - anatomy, physiology and pathology
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Andy Powell
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2020 08:14
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:37

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