CUH Nurse Practice Development Unit (NPDU)
The unit aims to promote an optimal clinical learning environment for undergraduate nursing students and to promote safe, high quality care to patients.
Mission Statement, NPDU
The Nurse Practice Development Unit recognizes the need to continually improve the Standards of healthcare & the clinical learning environment in order to promote high quality, safe care to patients and support students to achieve their potential. Progress has been made with many advances facilitating an improved patient journey e.g. nurse prescribing, leading in uncertain times and policies guiding optimal care delivery. The underlying drivers in this process are Clinical Care Programmes, national standards, NMBI, learning from adverse incidences, feedback from patients, nursing staff and undergraduate nursing students. Enabling and sustaining change is the heart of practice development and we aim to achieve this using creative and innovative ways of engaging with and motivating staff.
- Nurse Practice Development Co-ordinator’s (NPDC’s)
- Clinical Development Co-ordinator (CDC)
- Clinical Placement Co-ordinators (CPC’s),
- Allocations Liaison Officers (ALO’s)
- Documentation Project Officer
- Nursing Care Standards Officer
The NPDU are responsible for co-ordinating the clinical components of the BSc General nursing and BSc Integrated Children’s & General nursing undergraduate degree programmes, ensuring an optimal clinical learning environment. We support over 320 CUH nursing students in addition to those from external hospitals, elective and Erasmus placements. We will do this by building strong partnership networks, promoting engagement and sustaining collaborative relationships with clinical staff and the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC.
Vision For Support Of Undergraduate Nursing Students
- Promote optimal clinical learning environment
- Continue undergraduate nursing student support
- Improve communication networks with all stakeholders
- Continue adherence to NMBI requirements & standards for undergraduate nurses
Vision For Nurse Practice Initiatives
- Improve Hospital wide Metrics Evaluation and facilitate in transforming a culture of evaluating practice thus delivering care in a consistent, measurable evidence based way.
- Promote high standard of Nursing Documentation
- Continue with facilitation, leadership, guidance and support for Practice development initiatives & Policy Development
- Expand Research projects
- Provide Leadership through empowerment & engagement
- Improve Communication with internal & external partners
NPDU Strategy 2015-2017
The Nurse Practice Development Unit recognizes the need to continually improve the Standards of healthcare & the clinical learning environment in order to promote high quality, safe care to patients and support students to achieve their potential. Our Strategy document is available to download here.
For further information please contact the NPDU office on 021 - 4922059