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:



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