Alcohol education and training in pre-registration curriculum: a United Kingdom (UK) national online survey

Aisha Holloway, Brian J Webster

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Background: Typically nurses receive little education and training about alcohol issues during their training (Lock et al, 2002). Alcohol education within the curriculum improves student nurses’ alcohol-related attitudes and knowledge (Arthur, 2001).

Aim: Identify current alcohol education and training content in the pre-registration nursing curriculum in the United Kingdom
Study design: A quantitative survey utilising an online questionnaire
Setting and sample: 70 UK Higher Education Institutions offering pre-registration
Education and training for nurses

Data Collection: June 2011-September 2011 by completion of an on-line survey
Results: The close date for online completion of questionnaires was Friday 23rd September 2011, with an overall response rate of 40%. Full analysis of data will take place during October which will provide a descriptive profile of content across the UK as a whole, with a sub-analysis for England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales as well as for the branch of nursing i.e. Adult, Child, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. The authors will make recommendations from this.

Conclusions/Discussion: This national survey is the first of its kind in the UK. The results will provide a better understanding of alcohol education and training provision for nursing students in the UK and could help influence workforce development for policy makers.

Ethics: The University of Nottingham Medical School Ethics Committee approved.
Lock C, Kaner E, Lamont S, Bond S., 2002. A qualitative study of nurses’ attitudes and practices regarding alcohol interventions in primary care. Journal of Advanced Nursing 39(4), pp. 333-342.
Arthur D.,2001. The effects of the problem-based Alcohol Early-Intervention
Education Package on the knowledge and attitudes of students of nursing. The Journal of Nursing Education 2001, Feb;40(2):63-72.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventNETNEP 2012 4th International Nurse Education Conference - Baltimore, United States
Duration: 17 Jun 201220 Jun 2012


ConferenceNETNEP 2012 4th International Nurse Education Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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