The competencies of registered nurses working in care homes: a modified Delphi study

Stanyon, Miriam and Goldberg, Sarah E. and Astle, Anita and Griffiths, Amanda and Gordon, Adam L. (2017) The competencies of registered nurses working in care homes: a modified Delphi study. Age and Ageing . ISSN 1468-2834

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Registered Nurses (RNs) working in UK care homes receive most of their training in acute hospitals. At present the role of care home nursing is underdeveloped and it is seen as a low status career. We describe here research to define core competencies for RNs working in UK care homes.

METHODS: A two-stage process was adopted. A systematic literature review and focus groups with stakeholders provided an initial list of competencies. The competency list was modified over three rounds of a Delphi process with a multi-disciplinary expert panel of 28 members.

RESULTS: Twenty-two competencies entered the consensus process, all competencies were amended and six split. Thirty-one competencies were scored in round two, eight were agreed as essential, one competency was split into two. Twenty-four competencies were submitted for scoring in round three. In total, 22 competencies were agreed as essential for RNs working in care homes. A further ten competencies did not reach consensus.

CONCLUSION: The output of this study is an expert-consensus list of competencies for RNs working in care homes. This would be a firm basis on which to build a curriculum for this staff group.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Age and Ageing following peer review. The version of record Miriam Ruth Stanyon, Sarah Elizabeth Goldberg, Anita Astle, Amanda Griffiths, Adam Lee Gordon; The competencies of Registered Nurses working in care homes: a modified Delphi study. Age Ageing 2017 1-7. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afw244 is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/ageing/article/doi/10.1093/ageing/afw244/2863852/The-competencies-of-Registered-Nurses-working-in
Keywords: Care homes, nursing, competencies
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Identification Number: 10.1093/ageing/afw244
Depositing User: Goldberg, Sarah
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2017 13:25
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2017 13:57
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39442

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