The Way Forward

  • Sally Glen
  • Maggie Nicol
Part of the Nurse Education in Practice book series (NEP)


The chapters in this book are contextualised within a period of unprecedented change in nursing. In the area of clinical skills acquisition, necessity really has been the mother of invention. Chapters 3–7 describe a number of innovative initiatives designed to address the thorny issue of clinical skills development in nursing and the difficulties associated with the provision of suitable placements for large numbers of students. The use of simulation and the concept of the practical room, which were rejected in the 1980s as being too artificial, are now re-emerging in the form of clinical skills laboratories. The following have emerged as key issues requiring debate and discussion:
  • ‘fitness for purpose’

  • the need to balance academic and clinical needs

  • the need to re-conceptualise the role of the nurse lecturer

  • the need to equip nurses with the knowledge, attitude and skills necessary for life-long learning

  • the demands for multiprofessional education and practice

  • the influence of IT on clinical skills teaching and learning.


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