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type of facility, the number of new graduates employed each year and the number and type of placements that the new graduate will experience. IC principles underpin every occasion of care delivery to patients by nurses and needs to be

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review & examine the expedations of beginning registered nurses in the workforce. Nurses Registration Board, NSW, 1997.

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of clinical competency. The extent to which these principles are addressed within the curriculum of undergraduate nursing programmes will permeate through all practice. Therefore the need for IC education to be made relevant and practically orientated is essential. concede that the This said, the authors of the proposed

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Postscript - 2002

2002 has provided the opportunity for the IC department of CCH to be involved in the implementation of some of the outlined recommendations. Discussions with programme coordinators of the first year undergraduate nursing programme at a local university have resulted in the inclusion of a structured IC module with CCH IC staff being requested to deliver the content. preliminary stage. Negotiations for

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