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Aug 22, 2019

18th European Burns Association Congress

4 - Challenges to become a competent burn nurse in Helsinki Burn Centre

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Competent burn nurse

burn nursing

nurse education

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Competent burn nurse

burn nursing

nurse education

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Objectives In January 2016, Helsinki Burn Centre moved to a new location and unified with a previously existing general ICU. After the unification, the job description of nurses became more diverse. The new unit has an ICU for burn and general patients, a burn ward and an outpatient clinic. Our goal is to present challenges in the process to become a competent burn nurse. Methods Our method is empirical, describing our observations and experiences of working as a nurse in our unit and comparing them to clinical studies. The diversity of nurses’ job description increase the challenges to achieve competency in burn nursing. In addition to the demanding basic tasks, we have five nursing specialty programs in our unit: burn nursing, dialysis, medical emergency team, shift manager and outpatient clinic. Nurses must manage the basic tasks before entering the specialty programs. Results According to clinical studies, it takes approximately 2-3 years to become competent in critical care nursing alone. In our experience, considering the versatility of our unit and the different patient groups treated, the wide range of competency requirements and the large number of nursing staff as well as the turnover of nurses, it takes more time than is shown in studies to become a competent burn nurse in an institution like ours. Conclusion The process to achieve competence in burn nursing has been slow for new nurses or nurses before working only in general ICU. Despite the challenges of the new unit in the past three years, we have managed to start the orientation to the specialty program for new burn nurses. In the future it will be crucial to further invest in the orientation program of burn nursing to strengthen the nurses’ expertise in this field.

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