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Nurse Educ Pract. 2013 May;13(3):202-6. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2012.09.004. Epub 2012 Oct 5.

The pursuit of excellence and innovation in service user involvement in nurse education programmes: report from a travel scholarship.

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College of Human & Health Sciences, Swansea University, Building 3, St. David's Park, Jobswell Road, Carmarthen SA31 3HB, UK. j.terry@swansea.ac.uk

Abstract

The involvement of service users and carers in nurse education is increasing, with the new standards for pre-registration nurse education in the UK, which require nurse education providers to demonstrate how they are involving users and carers in the planning, delivery, teaching and evaluation of nursing curricula (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2010). A travel scholarship provided the opportunity to explore best practice in this area, focussing on identifying support systems and processes that enable user involvement. The scholarship was undertaken in the UK and Ireland during a 4 week study tour between June and July 2011, during which I visited 15 universities, and met with nurse education staff, users and carers involved in nurse education programmes. Prerequisite processes, the spectrum and variety of involvement activities, quality assurance and evaluation; and sustainability of user involvement in nurse education are reported in this paper. Service users and carers are an under-utilised resource, and as experts by experience have much to offer students and staff by increased involvement in nurse education programmes. The importance of values, enthusiasm and relationships, the cornerstones that strengthen user involvement; often sustain such partnerships.

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10.1016/j.nepr.2012.09.004
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