Nursing requires a complex set of skills encompassing professional clinical judgment, values and attitudes. In order to outline the future career path of the specialist nurse, the European Federation of Nurses Association compared the EU Directive 2013/55/EU with the Competency Framework, an important document on guidelines written by a group of experts and focusing on the recognition of nurses’ educational requirements.
The aim of our research is to identify the special skill set required from nurses on haemodialysis wards through the development of an exploratory survey and the comparison of its results with the EFN guidelines and the Directive 2013/55/EU. The survey was conducted across eighteen dialysis centers in Tuscany. Through focus groups, debates and reflections, 28 skills were identified as pertaining exclusively to nurses working with haemodialysis patients.
This preliminary study aims at demonstrating the need to define and recognize these specialist skills in order to ensure an effective and integrated nursing leadership in disease management.
Keywords: haemodialysis, skills, specialization, nurse