Trends in the nature of provision in ophthalmology services and resources and barriers to education in ophthalmic nursing: 3rd national UK survey

Wladyslawa J. Czuber-Dochan, Christine G. Waterman, Heather A. Waterman

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    Abstract

    Over the last decade in the United Kingdom (UK), the roles of nurses have become increasingly specialised to support a more efficient and effective health service. In ophthalmology, the changes are most visible in the growing number of patients being treated as day case and the greater nursing contribution to patient outcomes. To support this change there is a continuing need for educational institutions to create opportunities to meet the training needs of nurses working in both specialised areas and at the advance level of practice. This article re ports on a 3rd national survey the aims of which were to investigate trends in the nature and provision of ophthalmic services and the resources and barriers to education in ophthalmic nursing. The results demonstrate that over the three surveys there has been a significant increase of pre-operative assessment units and a significant decrease of designated ophthalmic wards. Between the second and third survey, the results indicate fewer difficulties with funding but there has been an increase of respondents stating a lack of training institutions offering ophthalmic courses. The survey shows that at a time when nurses need to acquire ophthalmic nursing skills and knowledge there appear to be fewer opportunities for them to access ophthalmic courses. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)191-199
    Number of pages8
    JournalNurse Education Today
    Volume26
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

    Keywords

    • Nurse shortage
    • Ophthalmic nursing
    • Ophthalmology services
    • Post-registration education

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