Educating nurses in fragility fracture management

San Servolo nurse education meeting 2017
Meeting in San Servolo, Venice was important first step in generating a core European curriculum for nurse education in the management of fragility fractures.

Nurses not only play a key role in orthogeriatric fracture patient care, they are also ideally placed to take the lead as coordinators of Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) in clinics and hospitals. The Meeting “New Strategies in Nurse Education in Fragility Fracture Management”, held in San Servolo, Venice from May 15-16, 2017, brought together more than 30 nurse practitioners from throughout Europe to develop a core educational curriculum which will focus on these areas of competence.

IOF Communications and Policy Manager, Catherine Laverty participated in the meeting on behalf of Capture the Fracture® and IOF, which was one of eight sponsoring societies.

The Meeting was organized by Prof. Paolo Falaschi (Project Coordinator); Karen Hertz, Chair for International Collaboration of Orthopaedic Nursing; Julie Santy, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester, UK; and  Prof. David Marsh, Fragility Fracture Network (FFN).

The intention is to generate a core curriculum which will be distributed with a peer education method in different settings of nursing education. Under the coordination of the experienced nurses in attendance at the meeting, this education project will result in a resource which can be used to improve nurses’ competencies in the management of fragility fractures throughout Europe.

The Workshop discussed the following topics:

  • Fracture and fall prevention and models of fracture liaison
  • Orthogeriatric nursing in the perioperative inpatient setting
  • Patient motivation: rehabilitation and post hospital care following fragility fracture
  • Frailty, sarcopenia and falls
  • Osteoporosis and the nature of fragility fractures
  • Comprehensive assessment of the older person
  • Wound management and pressure ulcer prevention and management
  • Mobility, remobilisation exercise and prevention of stasis
  • Nutrition, fluid balance and elimination following fragility fracture
  • The orthogeriatric nursing and care philosophy across different care settings
  • Carer/family partnership, palliative care and end of life
  • Nursing the patient with altered cognitive function (including delirium and dementia and depression) following fragility fracture

As a next step, the nurse session leaders will develop a curriculum based on workshop discussions which will be compiled into a book format, expected in 2018.  As a follow-up a one-day nurse programme is being planned in conjunction with the FFN congress in Dublin (2018).

It is evident that nurses can play a key role in improved fracture patient care, secondary fracture prevention, and in the management of  FLS services – the Workshop left participants more committed than ever to advancing this important area of nursing education.