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Development of a position statement for Australian critical care nurse education

Gill, FJ, Lin, F, Massey, D, Wilson, L, Greenwood, M ORCID: 0000-0001-5840-0750, Skylas, K, Woodward, M, Tembo, A, Mitchell, M and Gullick, J 2018 , 'Development of a position statement for Australian critical care nurse education' , Australian Critical Care , pp. 1-5 , doi:

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Position statements are used by large organisations such as the Australian College of Critical Care Nursesto publically present an official philosophy or beliefs and to propose recommendations. Position statementsare increasingly used by health departments and healthcare facilities to allocate resources and toguide and audit nursing practice, yet there are limited resources on the process of their development. Aposition statement should help readers better understand the issue, communicate solutions to problems,and inform decision-making. It should be supported by the highest level of evidence available and reflectthe organisation's governing objectives and goals. In this article, we describe the structured approachused to develop a position statement for Australian critical care nurse education. The formation of anexpert advisory panel, synthesis of available evidence using Whittemore and Knafl's integrative reviewmethodology, use of Donabedian's structure-process-outcomes quality framework as a theoreticalapproach, and multiple layers of consensus building and consultation enabled the development of animportant critical care document and informed an implementation plan. The framework and processeswe have outlined in this discussion article may provide a useful starting point for other professionalorganisations wishing to develop similar position statements.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Gill, FJ and Lin, F and Massey, D and Wilson, L and Greenwood, M and Skylas, K and Woodward, M and Tembo, A and Mitchell, M and Gullick, J
Keywords: Critical care, Theoretical approach, Position statement
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Critical Care
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
ISSN: 1036-7314
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Copyright 2018 Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Ltd

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