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Need and baseline for harmonising nursing education in respiratory care: preliminary results of a global survey

�ajni?, Andreja; Kelly, Carol; Smith, Sheree; Heslop-Marshall, Karen; Axelsson, Malin; Padilha, Jos� Miguel; Roberts, Nicola; Hern�ndez, Carmen; Murray, Bridget; Poot, Betty; Narsavage, Georgia


Andreja �ajni?

Carol Kelly

Sheree Smith

Karen Heslop-Marshall

Malin Axelsson

Jos� Miguel Padilha

Carmen Hern�ndez

Bridget Murray

Betty Poot

Georgia Narsavage


Background: The COVID-19 pandemic confirmed that respiratory nurses are critical healthcare providers. Limited knowledge is available about appropriate education to prepare nurses to deliver high-quality respiratory care. A survey was developed by the International Coalition for Respiratory Nursing (ICRN) group to identify the need for a respiratory nursing core curriculum.

Method: A 39-item survey was distributed to 33 respiratory nursing experts in 27 countries. Questions asked about current roles, perception of need, expectations for a core curriculum project and respiratory content in nursing education in their countries.

Results: 30 responses from 25 countries were analysed; participants predominantly worked in academia (53.3%, 16/30) and clinical practice (40%, 12/30). In total, 97% (29/30) confirmed a need for a core respiratory nursing curriculum. Post-registration nursing programmes at bachelor (83.3%, 25/30) and masters (63.3%, 19/30) levels include internal/medical nursing care; less than half identified separate respiratory nursing content. The core educational programme developed should include knowledge (70%, 21/30), skills (60%, 18/30), and competencies (50%, 15/30), with separate paediatric and adult content.

Conclusion: Survey results confirm a wide variation in nursing education and respiratory nursing education across the world, with many countries lacking any formal educational programmes to prepare nurses capable of providing enhanced quality respiratory care. These findings support the need for a core respiratory curriculum. To advance this significant work the ICRN group plans to conduct a Delphi study to identify core curriculum requirements for respiratory nursing education at pre-registration and advanced educational levels to flexibly meet each country's specific educational requirements for recognition of respiratory nursing speciality practice.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 31, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 12, 2022
Publication Date 2022-09
Deposit Date Sep 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 14, 2022
Journal Breathe
Print ISSN 1810-6838
Electronic ISSN 2073-4735
Publisher European Respiratory Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 3
Article Number 210172
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