Patients’ perspectives on the educational preparation of cardiac nurses

Albarran, John W., Jones, Ian, Lockyer, Lesley, Manns, Sarah, Cox, Helen and Thompson, David R. (2014) Patients’ perspectives on the educational preparation of cardiac nurses. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 13 5: 451-458. doi:10.1177/1474515113507166

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Author Albarran, John W.
Jones, Ian
Lockyer, Lesley
Manns, Sarah
Cox, Helen
Thompson, David R.
Title Patients’ perspectives on the educational preparation of cardiac nurses
Journal name European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1474-5151
Publication date 2014-10-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1474515113507166
Open Access Status
Volume 13
Issue 5
Start page 451
End page 458
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Over the last two decades the UK health service has endeavoured to place patient and public involvement at the heart of its modernisation agenda. Despite these aspirations the role of patients in the development of nursing curricula remains limited.

Aim: A descriptive qualitative design was used to explore the views of cardiac patients about the educational preparation of cardiac nurses.

Method: Eight participants attending an annual conference of a patient and carer support group were recruited to the study. A focus group was conducted to explore their views on how the educational preparation of cardiac nurses in the UK should develop. Tape-recorded data were transcribed and a thematic analysis was undertaken.

Findings: Four themes were identified: contradictions around practice and education; demonstrating compassion; delivering rehabilitation expertise; leadership in practice. Participants perceived that they had a valuable role in the educational development of nurses, enhancing nurses’ understanding of how individuals live and adjust to living with cardiovascular disease.

Conclusion: Cardiac patients believe that the education of cardiac nurses should be driven by experiences in practice, nevertheless they want nurses to be equipped to deliver care that is underpinned by a strong knowledge base and skills combined with an ability to engage, educate and deliver high quality care that is both compassionate and individualised.
Keyword Cardiac nurses
Patient involvement
Patient experience
Nursing curriculum
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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