Preparing nurses to initiate thrombolytic therapy for patients with an acute myocardial infarction - Is there a consensus?
Within cardiac practice, one area that has seen much development involves the nurse assessing, diagnosing, and prescribing thrombolytic therapy for patients with a myocardial infarction. Alongside this, a variety of titles aimed at defining these new roles have emerged, but instead of clarifying the situation they have created more confusion about the actual characteristics and functions of nurses engaged in these innovative posts. In addition advice regarding the nature of preparation and training required to ensure the competency of nurses for these specific roles has been sparse and inconspicuous. As posts such as 'acute chest pain nurse', 'thrombolysis nurse', 'nurse-initiated thrombolysis' or 'nurse-led thrombolysis' increase and National Health Service targets tighten, it is timely to critically review the educational preparation for these roles for evidence of coherence. In particular, this paper analyses the literature in order to examine the content of educational programmes, teaching methods and assessment strategies in relation to preparing nurses to initiate thrombolytic therapy. The implications for those managing practice and the higher education sector are discussed. Finally, it is stressed that there is a need for national consultation relating to guidelines, standards and accreditation of practice schemes in this area of patient care. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Albarran, J. W., & Albarran, J. (2004). Preparing nurses to initiate thrombolytic therapy for patients with an acute myocardial infarction - Is there a consensus?. Nurse Education in Practice, 4(1), 60-68. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1471-5953%2803%2900020-9
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Jan 1, 2004|
|Journal||Nurse Education in Practice|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||thrombolysis, nurse-led thrombolysis, nursing roles, chest pain, practice development, education for practice, acute myocardial infarction|
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