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How trustworthy is your information? Developing the RCN information literacy competences. Judy Atkinson, RCN LIS Manager, & Caroline Lynch, RCN Information Literacy Specialist. About the RCN.

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How trustworthy is your information developing the rcn information literacy competences

How trustworthy is your information? Developing the RCN information literacy competences

Judy Atkinson, RCN LIS Manager, & Caroline Lynch, RCN Information Literacy Specialist


About the rcn

About the RCN

  • Royal College of Nursing mission: “represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies”

  • RCN membership: over 400k across the 4 countries, with a library presence in each

  • Support to members, activists and staff

  • Remote delivery crucial factor


Development process why

Development process: why?

  • RCN Core competence framework

  • Research - was there anything appropriate to meet the need?

  • Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework (ANZIL)


Consultation consultation consultation

Consultation, consultation, consultation!

  • Consultation internally to check on the right track with RCN e-Health Board 8/08

  • Testing with realistic case studies to check out relevance of statements and knowledge requirements – 10/08

  • Proofing by external colleagues within nursing to address consistency & clarity of language


And consultation

And consultation!

  • External consultancy to members of RCN forums and CILIP groups via online questionnaire - 14/9-2/10/09 “Really glad to see information literacy getting some formal acknowledgement from the RCN”.

  • Key RCN staff commenting on competences and the case studies – 12/09-1/10 re clarity of language and balance between statements and knowledge requirements


Review review accredit and publish

Review, review, accredit and publish!

  • Out to 4 external reviewers (11/2/10)

  • All recommendations considered by staff group and some changes agreed for inclusion

  • Submission to Accreditation board

  • Working with Communications Team for publication

  • Time frame: January 2007-January 2010


How trustworthy is your information developing the rcn information literacy competences

Outcome: Revised RCN Competences

  • NURSING PRACTICE

  • Assessment and care planning to meet health and wellbeing needs (HWB2)

  • Promotion of health and wellbeing & prevention of adverse effects on health & wellbeing (HWB1)

  • Protection of health and wellbeing (HWB3)

  • Enablement to address health and wellbeing needs (HWB4)

  • Assessment and treatment planning (HWB6)

  • Provision of care to meet health and wellbeing needs (HWB5)

  • Interventions and treatments (HWB7)

  • Communication

  • Health, safety, security

  • Equity, diversity and rights

  • INNOVATION, QUALITY, IMPROVEMENT

  • Development and innovation (G2)

  • Service improvement

  • Quality

  • LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT

  • People development (G6)

  • Learning and development (G1)

  • KNOWLEDGE & INFORMATION

  • Information processing (IK1)

  • Information collection and analysis (IK2)

  • Knowledge and information resources (IK3)

  • MANAGING CARE & SERVICES

  • Procurement and commissioning (G3)

  • Financial Management (G4)

  • Services and project management (G5)

  • People management

  • Capacity and capability(G7)

  • Public relations & marketing (G8)

Competences for Nursing

(RCN Competence framework clustering KSF dimensions to reflect nursing’s contribution)


Outcome supporting principles of nursing practice

Outcome: Supporting Principles of Nursing Practice


How trustworthy is your information

How trustworthy is your information?


The content development process

The content development process


Case studies

Case studies


Future plans

Future plans

  • Develop more case studies

  • Reworking our ‘Learning, guides and training’ web pages


How will we use the competences in practice

How will we use the competences in practice?

  • Information management responsibilities written into Representatives’ role descriptors (“JDs” for reps)

  • Developed IKM practice standard for reps related to role descriptors

  • IL needs survey for RCN members based on the competences informing:


How will we use the competences in practice1

How will we use the competences in practice?

  • Development programme for RCN Activists

  • Work with RCN regions to deliver local programmes/events – webinars

  • Virtual Enquiry Service


Providing support to

Providing support to:

  • Future Officer Programme

  • Support RCN Direct Advisers

  • Reinforced by use of KPIs around using evidence (2011-12)

  • IKM Staff development tool

  • Reinforcing within the IKM team structure


How might you use them in practice

How might you use them in practice?

  • Do you have any questions for us?

  • What seemed familiar?

  • What was new to you?

  • Who could use these resources and how?


How trustworthy is your information developing the rcn information literacy competences

‘Having access to the latest research in itself does not constitute evidence-based practice. It is the appropriate use of this information for the individual patient and individual context that marks the transition from evidence being simply information to being best practice.’Gordon J and Watts C (2011)


Our contact details

Our contact details

  • Judy Atkinson

    Email: [email protected]

    Tel: 0207 647 3856

  • Caroline Lynch

    Email: [email protected]

    Tel: 0207 647 3611


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