Specialist nurses require post graduate (PG) education to develop knowledge and skill in their chosen field and gain employment. Child and family health nursing is one such specialty, and currently in NSW there are four higher education providers who run courses in child and family health. These courses combine theory with practical experience so that the entry qualification into the specialty of a graduate certificate can be awarded. At present there is no standardised tool to support skill and knowledge development for students across various institutions within the higher education sector. In addition, clinicians working with the students are required to be familiar with at least four different skill assessments that vary from provider to provider, despite the common ground of specialty practice standards in child and family health.
Western Sydney University (WSU), Australian College of Nursing (ACN), University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and University of Tasmania (UTAS), have worked in collaboration with the NSW Child & Family Health Nursing Clinical Nurse Consultant Network (NSW CFHN CNC Network) to develop a self reflective learning tool that is being implemented and evaluated.
UTS Staff involved: Cathrine Fowler