Resurrecting the 'academic rigor'
More stringent regulation of the RTOs, installing clinical mentors in facilities, enhanced nursing oversight - the opinions on what's needed to address quality concerns in Cert III training abound. Darragh O Keeffe reports.
When Certificate III training began in the mid 1990s it operated under strict guidelines governing curriculum and competencies. This has gradually been downgraded and as a result, the courses have lost their academic rigor. That's according to Maree Bernoth, aged care researcher and lecturer in nursing at Charles Sturt University. Bernoth's comments echo those of numerous fellow academics, aged care providers and unions who had raised concerns about the variable quality of Cert III and IV training with the Productivity Commission during public hearings into their draft report. "What started...
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Resurrecting the 'academic rigor.' Darragh O Keeffe has done a good job researching the lack of academic rigor in certificate III courses. However, he inaccurately indicated that there is academic rigor in RN programs run by Universities. As an Ex Lecturer in Health Sciences who taught BSN students (in Australia) I am of the view that academic rigor is lacking in University Programs too. The Institutional behaviours of RTO and Universities are the same. As long as RNs or colleagues were willing to tick off or sign off RN students as competent then the students were deemed to be competent. This information was passed on to the Board of Nurses who gave the student formal registration as Registered Nurses. I am of the view that both the Universities (who are supposed to provide the academic rigor) and the hospitals (who are supposed to provide the clinical experience) are relinquishing their responsibilities. A different system of assessment for competence is needed. The assessors should be independent.
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