Monthly Archives: October 2014

Chief Nursing Officer’s Student Forum for Setting the Direction

The 2nd student nurse forum of Setting the Direction for Nursing and Midwifery Education in Scotland was held in Edinburgh on 22nd October. There was representation form all the Scottish Universities delivering undergraduate nurse and midwife education.

The event started with a keynote presentation from Professor Brain Webster, Edinburgh Napier University and Co-Chair Setting the Direction Delivery Group. He presented a perspective on the six strategic aims of setting the direction and stimulated some thought provoking debate for the students then to consider in their workshops. Some of which can be viewed on Twitter #settingthedirection

The students had selected which strategic aim they were most interested in and spent the morning exploring this further in order for them to then make a positive contribution to the subgroup for that strategic aim. One or two students have been invited to join each subgroup. The relationship of the student forum to Setting the Direction Delivery Group can be seen below.

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The student forum then discussed their communication strategy. A Twitter account has already been set up @CNOstudentforum and a blog is in the process of being developed. The student forum has also been successful in having a poster accepted at the ENTER conference held at Robert Gordon University in November.

The day was concluded by Chief Nursing Officer, Ros Moore providing closing remarks. She highlighted the importance of student nurse leadership, which was clearly evident throughout the day and the opportunity for todays students to influence the future direction of nurse and midwife education.

The positive contribution of undergraduate students to this work was inspiring. It has also been recognized that there is a need for postgraduate and nurses and midwives undertaking continuing professional development modules to contribute to this work. It is more difficult for them to meet face to face as they are mainly part time students with working responsibilities and can often be in remote areas of Scotland. There is an initial meeting in Stirling on 28th October from 10 – 1 to discuss ways of engaging postgraduate and CPD students with the work of ‘Setting the direction’ . If any nurse or midwife who is currently undertaking any kind of formal education is interested in attending this meeting or contributing in any way please email:



Bug Busters!

Its that time of year again when nurses and midwives prepare  against winter bugs and protect not only them but also, importantly, their patients. All pre registration students are invited to attend local clinics hosted by NHS Grampian Occupational Health for their free flu vaccination by using the following link to book an appointment:

We better not forget about the Norovirus Season! The school has advertised widely a poster giving advice about reducing the risk of spreading the norovirus produced by NHS Scotland. You can see this poster and other information relating to the flu vaccination and general practice learning information by visiting the Schools Practice Education web pages.


RGU Return to Midwifery practice- now accepting applications for February 2015.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Robert Gordon University is currently the only provider of a Return to Midwifery practice course in Scotland was accredited by the NMC in 2012. The module is designed to prepare midwives who have had a break in practice to return to the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.

The module is credit rated at 15 SCQF points at level 9 which means that the online theory element should be completed with a minimum of 150 hours of student study which includes directed reading, formative online activities and self-directed learning.

The practice based element of the module requires the completion of 450 hours of clinical practice over a 12 week period in order to comply with the NMC requirements for post−registration education and practice (PREP).

Learning in practice within this module is undertaken within the student’s local clinical area. This is self -arranged with the area before commencing the module and students will receive support from an allocated supervisor of midwives and a named clinical mentor who will be the sign-off mentor for all areas of practice.

On successful completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Discuss current health and social care policies relevant to midwifery practice, demonstrating an understanding of current organisation of care locally and nationally.
  2. Evaluate the legal and ethical basis of midwifery practice.
  3. Analyse personal effectiveness within the multidisciplinary team, evaluating the impact of professional development and competence affecting maternity care.
  4. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of current issues, including teaching and learning, within midwifery practice.
  5. Demonstrate achievement of clinical skills and competencies required for return to midwifery practice.

The course takes approximately 6-9 months to complete and will facilitate re-entry onto the NMC register. Applications should be received by 5th January 2015 for the start date in 2nd Feb 2015.

For more information on how to apply, visit



Meeting: Thursday 30th October

The liminal self and MS:
a qualitative study of being diagnosed with MS.
By Dr Karen Strickland,
Associate Head of School, School of Nursing & Midwifery | Faculty of Health & Social Care | Robert Gordon University

Speaker 1830 hrs

Venue: Conference & Teaching Room, Level 5
Emergency Care Centre, Green Zone, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

All are very welcome including ALL disciplines of healthcare professional.
Please notify your attendance in advance to chairperson:

Travellers’ health and immunisation clinics event

Date : RGU- Saturday 8th November 2014 from 1000-1500 Complimentary lunch

Hepatitis in the Traveller
Understanding symptoms of Malaria and general principles of prevention
Meningococcal Meningitis
Flu update

Of interest to anyone involved in travellers’ health and immunisation clinics

Tickets are limited and can be applied for from Lee Wright on 07768237746 or

Further information from
Lynda Bruce

School to host showcase ENTER conference for nursing research

The School of Nursing and Midwifery will soon host a two-day national conference for nursing research. The Enhancing Nursing Through Educational Research (ENTER) Conference will be held at the university’s Garthdee campus on Thursday, November 13 and Friday, November 14.

A national collaboration between nine of Scotland’s nursing universities, the event is a showcase for educational research and related developments in nursing in Scotland and beyond. Delegates from the fields of nursing education and practice will be able to participate in seminars, workshops and poster sessions.

Keynote speaker, Professor Brendan McCormack, Head of the Division of Nursing at Queen Margaret University’s School of Health Sciences will open the conference with his speech: ‘Educating for Person-centredness: Creating a positive purpose.’

Fellow keynote speaker, Professor Anne Marie Rafferty from Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College, London, will deliver the Inaugural NET International lecture on Friday morning, entitled: ‘Educating nurses for patient benefit.’ This will be live web-streamed to an international audience.

Dr Colin Macduff, the School’s Head of Research and Scholarship, has worked with colleagues to organise the event and interest from the nursing community has already been substantial.

He said: “Hosting the ENTER Conference is an honour for RGU and we have an excellent programme with two fantastic keynote speakers to start both days.”

“Professor McCormack has been at the forefront of developing and evaluating person-centred approaches for over 15 years.”

“Professor Rafferty will report on a recent large multicentre international study which demonstrates a clear association between the number and type of nursing staff and reduced death rates in surgical patients. This work provides some of the strongest evidence yet that well educated nurses working in sufficient numbers foster major positive impact on clinical outcomes.”

“Our nursing students, staff, and NHS colleagues work closely together day in day out towards achieving this impact and we will present research from these collaborations at the conference”.

For more information about the conference, and to register, please visit: