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The praxis of clinical knowledge: Learning to care for paediatric patients with a congenital heart anomaly

Authors

  • Suzi Robertson-Malt RN PhD BN(Hons),

    1. Program Director for Cardiovascular Nursing, King Faisal Heart Institute, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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  • Ysanne B. Chapman RN PhD MSc(Hons) BEd(Nsg) GDE,

    Corresponding author
    1. Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University—Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria, Australia
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  • Victoria Smith RN, Dip. Nse

    1. Clinical Nurse, Coordinator, Cardiothoracic Surgical Intensive Care Unit, King Faisal Heart Institute, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Ysanne B. Chapman, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University—Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Vic. 3842, Australia. Email: ysanne.chapman@med.monash.edu.au

Abstract

In Saudi Arabia, the major tertiary care unit for the treatment of cardiovascular disease is the King Faisal Heart Institute (KFHI). Its state of the art technology and patient profile facilitates nurses to become highly knowledgeable in the diversity of treatment modalities and nursing care of a range of paediatric pathology. Like many global nursing organizations, the KFHI is experiencing nursing shortages and nurses coming to work in this highly specialized area are lacking some of the basic understanding and skills development necessary to work efficiently and effectively in the area. This paper describes the work of the cardiovascular education team in developing a praxis-based curriculum that equips nurses to not only function at a high level in the cardiovascular area but also facilitate success in their future careers when they leave Saudi Arabia.

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