Utilising practice development principles in preparing the new RN for professional practice
The preparation of the new generation of practitioners should be seen as an opportunity to promote and embed practice development. In designing our undergraduate nursing curriculum, we have reflected the concepts of practice, specifically reflecting the principles 1, 2 and 8 of practice development. (Manley, McCormack & Wilson 2008). In the final semester of 2010 we took the opportunity to embed these practice development principles into two separate but inter related subjects – Leadership in Health Care Practice and Transition to Professional Practice. We will present how we created an environment for creative curriculum implementation that outlines the journey to the development of these two subjects. We will explore the experience of delivery and share some student feedback. In sharing our reflections on the implications for creating learning opportunities that embrace practice development principles we will consider the value added for the student as they become newly registered nurses.