More emphasis on experience needed

first_imgMore emphasis on experience neededOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Is it essential to be a nurse in order to become an occupational health practitioner?This was the controversial suggestion made by Maureen Williams, professionalofficer, community nursing and health visiting, of the Nursing and MidwiferyCouncil (NMC). In her presentation ‘Competence to Practice’, Williams explained how the NMCis undergoing an important consultation on ‘fitness to practice’, askingmembers to help decide how competency may be determined. She posed some difficult questions, including: is an academic qualificationa proxy for competence? Are OHPs being forced to acquire increasingly demandingqualifications to maintain competence, which could mean we will end up with”an exhausted workforce, all with PhDs”? She suggested perhaps there should be a greater emphasis on practicalexperience, saying: “We undervalue and don’t assess practice as a measureof competence as much as we should.” www.nmc-uk.orgDuring the break-out workshop session on this topic, delegates were splitinto groups and asked to discuss:– Factors that should be used to determine competence topractice generally– Factors that should be used to determine competence topractice in OH specifically– The level of qualifications required to achieve competence topractice– Is it essential to be a registered nurse to be an OHpractitioner?Unsurprisingly, the feedback from most of the delegates wasthat a nursing qualification was an important element of the job.All the answers were compiled by the AOHNP to be fed back to theNursing and Midwifery Council. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more