Category Archives: Nursing

Bringing nursing practice into the classroom with collaborative team-based learning: A model for 21st century nurse education?

Bring nursing practice into the classroom – RCN Education Forum 2018_V2

Click on the link above to view the poster that formed the basis of our ViPER (Visual Presentation with Expert Review) presentation at the RCN Education Forum in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, 20-21 March 2018. I am really proud of this teaching model, delivered alongside fantastic colleagues from Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Dorset Healthcare. We think this represents an effective model for delivering education to nurses fit for the 21st century. The audience of clinicians and educators we presented to gave us excellent feedback which was overwhelmingly positive. What do you think?

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Promoting clinical decision making and teamwork in undergraduate nursing education: A mixed methods evaluation of team-based learning in applied pathophysiology

Poster for TBLC 2018

Click on the link above to see our poster, ‘Promoting clinical decision making and teamwork in undergraduate nursing education: A mixed methods evaluation of team-based learning in applied pathophysiology’ by Branney, J, and Priego-Hernández, J, as presented at the Team-based Learning Collaborative 17th Annual Meeting, San Diego, 1-3 March 2018. Just two of the reasons we think Team-based Learning is fantastic for nurse education. What do you think?

 

Basic nursing care, done well, is complex, isn’t it?

Basic nursing care – what’s in a word?

What does ‘basic’ nursing care mean to you? This perhaps springs to mind aspects of care such as washing, mouthcare, and assistance for eating and drinking amongst other aspects of living that we normally perform for ourselves when well. Such Activities of Daily Living might be regarded as ‘basic’ as they are easy to learn and don’t require a great deal of mental effort to perform. For others, however, the word ‘basic’ is belittling to the art and science of nursing, reducing nursing to little more than the performance of a series of simple tasks. ‘Basic’ seems to involve what to do (e.g. clean mouth) and how  (e.g. brush teeth) to do it, but does not readily seem to encompass when, who, where, how; and perhaps the most important question word – why (e.g. to promote personal comfort, to facilitate meaning as being regarded as a fellow worthy human being, to maintain homeostasis and reduce the risk of nosocomial pneumonia). Just because the care is directed at basic needs, does that make the care basic too?

What’s better than basic? Fundamental? Essential? Something else?

Alternative terminology such as ‘fundamental’ or ‘essential’ nursing care have been proposed, yet ‘basic’ sticks (for example). This is a deceptively complex and controversial topic which deserves a much more thorough and referenced exploration than I will provide here. For now, I wish simply to propose an acronym, and I would like to know your views on it: BASIC.

Basic care, done well, is complex, but is BASIC nonetheless

Best Care ought to be the best possible skilfully performed care that the nurse can deliver (within the limits of experience, ability, time and cost), not a mechanically performed task
Authentic Care ought to be delivered authentically, that is, delivered purposefully with positive intentions by someone who genuinely cares and wants to care
Specific Care ought to be specific, in other words, patient/person-centred, not task/nurse-centred
Informed Care ought to be informed, in other words, evidence-based (remembering that evidence-based practice includes not just best research evidence but the expertise of practitioners and patient preferences)
Compassionate Care ought to be delivered compassionately, such that the patient/person feels cared for

What do you think?

Do you think that ‘re-claiming’ the word BASIC to show that, when done well (in such a way as to best achieve effective care i.e. maximise patient outcomes), basic care is in fact highly skilled with a good deal of mental effort required? Or do you think this would simply perpetuate the notion that a great deal of what a nurse does is low skill, low mental effort? Do you think my suggestion is nothing more than re-inventing the wheel? Whatever your view, basic or complex, I’d love to hear it.

Antibiotic Resistance: Urban Myth or Zombie Apocalypse? Find out at Cafe Scientifique Bournemouth!

Antibiotic Resistance: Urban Myth or Zombie Apocalypse?
by Dr Liz Sheridan, microbiologist, Poole Hospital

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Tuesday 1st November 2016, Cafe Boscanova

Everyone, in particular healthcare professionals but also the wider public, needs to know about antibiotic (or antimicrobial) resistance. What better way to find out about it than from a medical expert while enjoying the comforts of Cafe Boscanova?!

I’ve written before about antimicrobial resistance – it’s one of the biggest challenges that we face in the 21st century, see below:

Inappropriate use of antibiotics is putting our lives at risk

What can you do to decrease overuse of antibiotics?

And find out more about Care Scientfique here. Hope to see you there!

The New Script of Nursing

The New Script of Nursing

As stated by Patricia Davidson, Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, “All of us know that our profession is undergoing an extraordinary transformation and that nursing will never look the same. While we know this, there is a profound need to educate the general public about the broader scope of our work and expanding opportunities.

As the breadth and impact of our work increases, so does the need to recruit and retain nurses—crucial elements during a nursing shortage throughout the world. Together we are writing the “new script of nursing,” and we have created a video that reveals the intensity and magnitude of our profession that is much more than what meets the eye – researcher, clinician, change agent, inventor”.

What do you think?

 

Can your personality help you decide which area of nursing you’re best suited to?

What Nursing Speciality Is Best For You? by Nurse.org

This is a 9-question quiz which takes into account your personality, character traits, and daily activities. Upon completion of the quiz, it is claimed, you will discover the nursing speciality that is best suited to you. The results include an easy-to-understand summary of the speciality, education requirements (including certain certifications and hours required), the average salary (and how it’s trending), the job outlook (positive, negative, or steady with percentages) etc, but this is for a US context only. However, you might gain some insight regarding which area you’d like to work in. If nothing else, it’s a bit of fun!

 

Want to improve patient care? Then become a clinical researcher

New digital magazine aims to inspire the next generation of researchers*

A new magazine called The Researcher has launched today. The digital publication, created for early career researchers by early career researchers aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Working in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE), NHS North West Research and Development and a team of early career researchers, along with award winning writer Rob Young, we have produced the magazine, which illustrates the real-life stories of what it is like to undertake a research career.

Two further editions of The Researcher are planned over the next six months. This first edition has the theme of ‘Breaking boundaries’ and is available to read at http://bit.ly/TheResearcherMag_Summer2016

Please let NIHR know your comments on Twitter using #TheResearcherMagazine.

*Text above reproduced from here