Conference Papers & Presentations
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Nursing Numeracy: The case for a benchmark
March 30 2007, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Nursing Numeracy: The case for a benchmark
June 26 2007, St Andrews, Scotland

Abstract
In this session we shall outline and share examples of work in progress on an inter-disciplinary project for NHS Education for Scotland (NES) exploring the key issues associated with determining and supporting student achievement of competence in nursing numeracy. The project has been developed against the background of research findings and anecdotal concern that some newly qualified and experienced nurses may not have the numeracy skills required for safe practice. Some employers, who are worried about safety in practice, choose to impose their own tests of numerical competency when selecting for employment. This is concerning, because existing evidence suggests that many available tests have no empirical basis in relation to their reliability and predictive validity in respect of safe nursing practice, (measured through observed reduction in error rate against controls). There is also a lack of consistency regarding the content that may be included within such tests.
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Numeracy for Nursing: The case for a benchmark
The 14th International Conference of Adult Learning Mathematics (ALM)
June 26-29 2007, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Abstract
In this paper we outline and share examples of our work in progress on an inter-disciplinary project to develop a benchmark for a key aspect of numeracy for nursing, ‘'Medication Dosage Calculation: Benchmark Assessment for NursingÂ’’, funded by NHS Education Scotland (NES). The project is exploring the key issues associated with determining the achievement of competence in nursing numeracy. It provides a real opportunity to establish a UK (and potentially also international) benchmark for nursing competence in numeracy at point of registration.
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Numeracy: What does it mean and is it a matter of life or death?
EMMA: European Motivational Mathematics for Adults
September 2007, Florence, Italy


Abstract
This paper explores current meanings of numeracy, drawing on an interdisciplinary research and development study on numeracy for nursing.
• Definitions
• New waysof conceptualising numeracy
• A case in point: numeracy for nursing
• An interdisciplinary project in Scotland to develop a benchmark for numeracy for nursing
• Good practice principles for a benchmark assessment for numeracy in nursing
• Situating numeracy fornursing in a conceptual framework
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Establishing the case for a numeracy assessment benchmark in nursing:
Background & rationale

Innovations in Numeracy Support for Healthcare Workshop
June 6 2008, University of Glamorgan, Wales

Abstract
This paper establishes the case for a numeracy assessment benchmark in nursing and provies a background and rationale that includes consideration of:
  • NMC requirements
  • The rationale for a ‘benchmark’ assessment
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Criteria for a benchmark
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Establishing a numeracy assessment benchmark in nursing:
The focus and design of a NES commissioned research study

Innovations in Numeracy Support for Healthcare Workshop
June 6 2008, University of Glamorgan, Wales

Abstract
This paper sets out the focus and design of the research programme and the the requirement for validating an evidence based framework within which a benchmark may be articulated.
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Numeracy for Nursing: The Scope for International Collaboration
The 15th International Conference of Adult Learning Mathematics (ALM)
June 30-July 3 2008, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, USA

Abstract
Numeracy is a key skill for professional practice in nursing, yet successive studies reveal a lack of proficiency within both the student population and amongst registered nurses in the UK and elsewhere, and efforts to remediate the situation. In this paper I shall outline work in progress on two inter-disciplinary research projects in the UK and explore the scope of international collaboration on numeracy for nursing. The projects are : ‘Establishing a benchmark for numeracy for nursing’ (2006-09) funded by NHS Education Scotland, and ‘Numeracy for Nursing at King’s College London’ (2008), funded by the Department of Education & Professional Studies at King’s College London (KCL). In the former project, which we reported on at the ALM 14 conference, I am working with colleagues from across the UK to establish a national benchmark for numeracy for nursing; in the latter project I am working with colleagues from KCL to evaluate the assessment of numeracy for nursing in the KCL undergraduate/diploma nursing programme. I look forward to discussing these projects and the scope for international collaboration on numeracy for nursing with ALM colleagues.
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Nursing by Numbers or Nursing with Numbers?
FINE Conference,
October 9-10 2008, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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The NES Numeracy Benchmarking Project
Royal College of Nursing Congress
May 11 2009, Harrogate, UK
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The NES Numeracy Benchmarking Project
Royal College of Nursing Joint Education Forums’ International Education Conference
June 11 -13 2009, Thistle Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland
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Poster presentation: Progress towards creating a benchmark for numeracy for nursing
Third International Clinical Skills Conference
July 1-4, 2009, Prato, Italy


Abstract
In this poster we shall illustrate our progress on an inter-disciplinary project funded by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in which we aim to establish a benchmark for numeracy in nursing at point of registration. Numeracy is acknowledged to be a key competence for professional practice in nursing (Hutton, 1997) and an important aspect of patient safety. Since September 2008, the body regulating the profession in the UK (the Nursing and Midwifery Council, NMC) requires nursing students to achieve 100% in a test of numeracy in practice (NMC, 2007) before achieving registration as nurses, yet there are currently no national standards for the assessment of numeracy during pre-registration nurse training. We aim to create a framework for a benchmark in this Scotland based study.
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Towards a benchmark in Numeracy for Nursing: Assessing student nurses' performance in medication dosage calculation
The 16th International Conference of Adult Learning Mathematics (ALM)
July 6-9 2009, London Southbank University, London, UK

Abstract
This paper reports on an interdisciplinary project funded by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) which aimed to propose a benchmark for numeracy in nursing. It updates our presentation at the ALM14 conference where we argued the case for such a benchmark and presented our initial research.

The study was undertaken in a sample of Higher Education Institutions with pre-registration nurse education programmes in Scotland. It explored key issues around determining and assessing the achievement of competence in nursing numeracy with specific reference to medication calculation. We tested the efficacy of a computer-based assessment of pre-registration nurses’ medication calculation skills by comparing outcomes from this with calculations undertaken in a practical setting. Participants’ performance in the assessments together with their evaluation of content have informed our judgements on the suitability of items of assessment for inclusion within a benchmark standard for medication calculations. This study is envisaged as a first step towards a comprehensive benchmark for nursing numeracy, encompassing all aspects of numeracy for nursing, e.g., fluid balance, nutrition, etc.

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Benchmark assessment of numeracy for nursing: Medication dosage calculation at point of registration
NHS Education for Scotland launch event for final report
February 3 2010, Beardmore Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland

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