Key stakeholders' expectations of educational outcomes from Australian critical care nursing courses: A Delphi study

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dc.contributor.author Marshall, AP
dc.contributor.author Currey, J
dc.contributor.author Aitken, LM
dc.contributor.author Elliott, D
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:33:42Z
dc.date.issued 2007-08
dc.identifier.citation Australian Critical Care, 2007, 20 (3), pp. 89 - 99
dc.identifier.issn 1036-7314
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/4497
dc.description.abstract Background: Educational preparation for critical care nursing in Australia varies considerably in terms of the level of qualification resulting in a lack of clarity for key stakeholders about student outcomes. Objectives: The study aim was to identify and reach consensus regarding the desired learning outcomes from Australian post-registration critical care education programs as demonstrated through the graduate's knowledge, skills and attitudes. Design: A Delphi technique was used to establish consensus between educators, managers, clinicians and students regarding learning outcomes expected of graduates with a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master level qualification in critical care nursing. Participants: A total of 164 critical care nurses (66 clinicians, 48 educators, 32 managers and 18 students) participated and 99 questionnaires were returned in the first round (response rate 60%). Fifty-seven questionnaires were returned for Round 2 (response rate 58%). Methods: Learning outcomes were obtained from the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Competency Standards for Specialist Critical Care Nurses. Some statements included more than one characteristic, and these were split to create learning outcomes with one characteristic per item. A survey of Australian higher education providers of critical care education provided additional learning outcomes, for a total of 73 learning outcomes for the first Delphi round. Results: Findings suggest that patient comfort, safety, professional responsibility and ethical conduct are deemed most important for all three levels of educational preparation. There was a lack of emphasis on clinical practice issues for all levels. Participants placed higher emphasis on learning outcomes related to complex decision-making, leadership, supervision, policy development and research for Graduate Diploma and Master level programs. Conclusion: The findings have implications for curriculum development and the profession with regards to the level of educational preparation required of critical care nurses and suggest that further work is required before clear recommendations can be made for desired educational outcomes from critical care nursing programs in Australia. © 2007 Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Ltd.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.aucc.2007.05.001
dc.title Key stakeholders' expectations of educational outcomes from Australian critical care nursing courses: A Delphi study
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Published
dc.parent Australian Critical Care
dc.journal.volume 3
dc.journal.volume 20
dc.journal.number 3 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 89 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 99 en_US
dc.cauo.name Clinical Nursing: Practices and Outcomes en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1110 Nursing
dc.personcode 014913
dc.personcode 998241
dc.personcode 030630
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Nursing en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords critical care nursing; Delphi technique; educational outcomes; postgraduate education en_US
dc.description.keywords Social Sciences
dc.description.keywords Management
dc.description.keywords Business & Economics
dc.description.keywords MANAGEMENT
dc.description.keywords Chinese leaders
dc.description.keywords demography
dc.description.keywords trust in followers
dc.description.keywords work values
dc.description.keywords Humans
dc.description.keywords Critical Care
dc.description.keywords Nursing Education Research
dc.description.keywords Education, Nursing, Graduate
dc.description.keywords Clinical Competence
dc.description.keywords Delphi Technique
dc.description.keywords Adult
dc.description.keywords Middle Aged
dc.description.keywords Australia
dc.description.keywords Female
dc.description.keywords Male
dc.description.keywords Humans
dc.description.keywords Critical Care
dc.description.keywords Nursing Education Research
dc.description.keywords Delphi Technique
dc.description.keywords Adult
dc.description.keywords Middle Aged
dc.description.keywords Clinical Competence
dc.description.keywords Education, Nursing, Graduate
dc.description.keywords Australia
dc.description.keywords Female
dc.description.keywords Male
dc.description.keywords Critical care nursing
dc.description.keywords Delphi technique
dc.description.keywords Educational outcomes
dc.description.keywords Postgraduate education
dc.description.keywords Critical care nursing
dc.description.keywords Delphi technique
dc.description.keywords Educational outcomes
dc.description.keywords Postgraduate education
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Health
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Health Services and Practice Research


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