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10 staff members accepted for NETNEP conference
Ten School of Nursing and Midwifery staff members have had seven papers and two posters accepted at the prestigious 7th International Nurse Education Conference in Banff, Canada. The conference takes place in May 2018 and explores ‘research, scholarship and evaluation: Ensuring nursing leadership in education, practice and healthcare.’ This truly recognizes the quality research that is being conducted and disseminated internationally by School staff.
Here are some examples of what our staff will be presenting at the conference:
Dr Andrew Finney is presenting work from the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences. The work is based on a study entitled ‘Joint Implementation of Guidelines for Osteoarthritis in the West Midlands.’ It targeted General Practice Nurses as the key health professional to deliver the NICE osteoarthritis guidelines in primary care. The study has led to new services being developed in several UK CCGs and is about to be adopted in several European countries (Portugal, Netherlands, Norway and Denmark).
Dr Kate Lilley is presenting her paper which discusses initiation, running, evaluation and improvement of an international summer school. The project arose from a developing practice and education link between the UK and Spain. This was followed by the establishment of an Erasmus and Traineeship. The summer school was established to enable more students to participate in a short but meaningful international experience.
Dr Julie Green will be presenting an interim report of data to the end of year 1 of a 2-year study. The study in entitled ‘Do specifically tailored educational interventions and supported clinical practice, undertaken during the District Nurse Specialist Practice course, impact on the assertiveness of District Nurse Specialist Practice students during their course and one year following qualification?’ The study has included 130 participants at 10 Higher Education Institutions.
Pete Lonsdale will be presenting his paper, ‘putting them in their place: using VR headsets to provide immersive video scenarios that allow students to experience someone else's perspective.’ It explores how we have used VR to give students the opportunity to put themselves in the place of a young boy with autism. This is a unique affordance of this technology and gives us the means to prompt reflection and discussions on how different people experience the world differently, something that is difficult to simulate in other ways.
Dr Alison Pooler’s work is entitled ‘Service user leadership in nurse prescribing education.’ This is a creative educational initiative where service users take a leadership role in the facilitation of student understanding and awareness of patient perceptions and needs during the consultation and process of prescribing medication; or not, if appropriate. The UK has over 50,000 nurse prescribers. But are they having an impact on patient care as effectively as they could do, if they always considered the perceptions and needs of service users?
Kim Sargeant will be presenting a new masters level programme that she developed with colleagues from the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy for the education of new Nurse Lecturers. It is a collaborative approach that enables new nursing academics to engage in learning and networking with colleagues from other areas of the University, whilst raising the profile of nurses as academics. At the end of the programme, successful nurse academics can be entered onto the professional nursing register as Teachers whilst achieving a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. They then have the opportunity to progress to a full Masters Degree in Education if they so choose. The programme is now in its second year and has received excellent evaluations and feedback from the first cohort of students.