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Crit Care Clin. 2006 Jul;22(3):393-406, vii.

Consensus forum: worldwide guidelines on the critical care nursing workforce and education standards.

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School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Level 1, 723 Swanston Street, Carton Vic 3053, and Maroondah Hospital, PO Box 3135, East Ringwood, Victoria 3135, Australia.


This article explores the key themes, evidence, and arguments that inform the current position statements. It is acknowledged that future research, evidence, and practice experience may create the need to review and change these guidelines. Reform and refinement of the guidelines are inevitable; however, the current guidelines represent the best attempt yet to reach international consensus on what are appropriate standards to guide critical care nursing education and workforce requirements.

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