A study of the skills, education and qualifications of nurses performing dermatological surgery in the United Kingdom

Lynsey Eddy, Richelle Duffy

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Abstract

Background: There has been a significant expansion of the nurse’s role in the
field of dermatological surgery in recent years. Yet, how this role has developed
varies significantly from Trust to Trust, and anecdotal evidence indicates a high
degree of inconsistency in the clinical roles undertaken.
Aim: This study aims to explore the skills, education, and qualifications of nurse’s performing dermatological surgery in the United Kingdom. Findings being used to determine the training and supervision needs of nurse surgeons and implications for high quality care provision.
Method: Data was collected using an electronic online questionnaire, distributed
nationally to members of the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG).
Specifically, nurses identifying as nurse surgeons were targeted.
Results: 56 nurses responded and the findings demonstrate significant variations in the advanced roles adopted, the levels of education undertaken and the clinical supervision provided.
Conclusion: It is clear from the findings that there are unacceptable variations in
the support and education offered to nurse undertaking dermatological surgery
in the UK making it difficult to benchmark care services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-15
Number of pages5
JournalDermatological Nursing: The journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Group
Volume18
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2019

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