Category Archives: Scotland

Improving health & wellbeing of informal caregivers of people with bipolar disorder

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Robert Gordon University
Research Seminar

Dr Lee Boag

Improving health & wellbeing of informal caregivers of people with bipolar disorder

The seminar is now available to view by clicking this link: https://rgu.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=6d8ada65-be4d-4539-a998-62dbe769d191

If you would like to provide feedback on the presentation you are welcome to do so via Dr Audrey Stephen (a.i.stephen@rgu.ac.uk).

 

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Research Seminars

The research team are running a series of Research Seminars, which is currently showcasing the Phd research of our most recently qualified doctors. The seminars aim to highlight research carried out by school staff and our external colleagues, with a focus on health and social care.

The winter – spring session kicked off in mid-December with Dr Steve Smith presenting his PhD study in a talk entitled ‘Solution Focus: What is it good for?’ He eloquently led the audience through his study of the use of solution focused brief therapy by nurses, and enthused with his thoughts on being immersed in the research process.  The resulting discussion with the audience could have gone on all night.  Readers may view Steve’s presentation by clicking this link:
http://mediastream.rgu.ac.uk/flash/45536111_hi.mp4 (60 sec download time)


The seminar series continues in February with Dr Heather Bain presenting her work on the unique knowing of district nurses : https://nursingmidwiferyrgu.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/research-seminar-series-the-development-of-unique-knowing-in-district-nursing-practice/.

Heather’s session will also be available to view in this blog by the end of February. But, if you would like to come along to this session in person then all you need to do is contact Heather Nicolson h.nicolson@rgu.ac.uk.

The seminars run between 4-5pm and are usually on a Monday or Tuesday. Come along for tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits beforehand and be prepared to have your enthusiasm for research lit or rekindled.

 

Digitising the Ongoing Achievement Record (Scotland)

The school has been busy over the winter months with two large e-Learning projects, one of which has been digitising the paper based placement documentation (OAR Scotland).  The OAR is a nationally agreed document and as it has been validated by the Nursing And Midwifery Council, the content cannot be changed. The Electronic Clinical Assessment Tool project lead was Senior Lecturer e-Learning and Innovation Dr Fiona Work with the digitisation work led by e-Learning Adviser Gavin Innes, working closely with Senior Lecturer Practice Learning Alison Brown and the wider Practice Education team.

In late 2015, the school purchased a system called Myprogress from MyKnowledgeMap®, a UK based company developing e-portfolio and online assessment tools.  Myprogress differs from its competitors having an off-line facility using a mobile app.

The challenge was how to learn how to use this new system quickly and create something that would be used by hundreds of students and mentors (i.e. getting it right!).

OAR-screenshot

Student view of the online system

The OAR has around 300 pages of information and forms with many of these transferred quite easily into online web pages and forms.  The most fundamental issue we came across was how do we develop a secure system for mentors that the identities of which we do not yet know?  Our solution was to deploy all the online forms to the students, just as we did with the paper copy.  Therefore, like the paper copy, the mentor would sign the forms.  However, this time they would be signing the documentation electronically using their e-mail address, which in turn sends them a secure password – one of the features that was not present on the paper OAR.

The continued expansion of the system and on-going task of administration is in the process of being handed over to Clare Smith, a Senior Clerical Assistant, who has risen to the challenge and embraced the new system.   The first small cohort of students are currently out on practice now. So we eagerly await their feedback to see what they and their mentors think of our new creation.

More information: www.rgu.ac.uk/myprogress

Return to Practice

Minister meets students completing course.

Nearly 200 former nurses and midwives are expected to return to practice this year – more than double the aim of a Scottish Government-funded scheme.

Over 40 participants have already completed Return to Practice programmes in 2015, allowing them to retrain and re-enter the nursing and midwifery workforce.

Today (Monday), the Public Health Minister saw the programme in action in NHS Grampian, where students are paid a salary during their clinical placement hours and guaranteed a job on completion.

Maureen Watt visited Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen where she met current students and scheme mentors and managers, as well as university and NHS Grampian officials.

Ms Watt said:

“I’m delighted to see first-hand the work underway in NHS Grampian to retrain former nurses and midwives under our national Return to Practice scheme.

“Earlier this year we announced investment of £450,000 over three years to encourage former nurses and midwives back into the profession. This will enable around 75 former nurse and midwives to retrain each year and re-enter employment.

“There has already been significant interest in the scheme here in Grampian and across Scotland. Today I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of those who have decided to retrain and to re-join our nursing workforce. They will bring a wealth of previous experience with them and will be an asset to our health and social care workforce.

“In addition we have funded an increase in the number of nurses and midwives in training again this year by a further three per cent, on top of the six per cent increase the Scottish Government announced last year. This is the kind of careful long term planning and investment our NHS needs and shows our commitment to increasing the numbers of qualified nurses and midwives in our hospitals now as well as planning for the future.”

Professor Ian Murray, Head of RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery said:

“The Return to Practice Nursing course is just one example of how Robert Gordon University and NHS Grampian are working together to enhance the healthcare workforce by providing dynamic and clinically relevant education.

“The current Return to Practice Nursing cohort has found the course challenging but also very rewarding both personally and professionally; the course is bringing highly skilled and experienced nurses back into the workforce which can only be good for the quality of patient care.”

June Brown, NHS Grampian Associate Director of Nursing (Modernisation) said:

“We are delighted to be working collaboratively with Robert Gordon University to deliver Return to Practice (RTP). We were aware of nurses who wanted to return to the profession but the location of courses and the financial challenges involved were a barrier. By developing a local course with an employment model we are overcoming that barrier.

“We interview applicants jointly and, if accepted, we place them in a clinical area where we know there will be vacancy for them at the end of the course. During their practice placement they are paid a basic wage. They are also able to work on the nurse bank as a healthcare support worker to supplement any loss of salary during the course.

“I am thrilled at the progress made by the first cohort of students and look forward to meeting the second group when they start in January.”

Background

• Return to Practice is a Scottish Government funded scheme (£450,000 additional funding over three years, commencing April 2015), administered by NHS Education for Scotland. It is intended to attract experienced nurses and midwives who have left the service back into the profession, enabling them to retrain and to re-enter employment.

• Each year, up to 100 former midwives and nurses will be able to apply to have their university programme fees fully paid (£1,500)

• Initial cohorts of Return to Practice students started in summer 2015 and over 40 registrants have already completed RtP programmes this year.

• The Scottish Government set a target of at least 75 funded RtP places in 2015/16, but it is anticipated that nearly 200 former registrants will take up the opportunity this year. The extra places in 2015/16 will be fully funded.

• Participation in the national RtP programme is one aspect of NHS Grampian’s wider strategy to ensure a sustainable nursing and midwifery workforce.

Norovirus Season

As norovirus season is now with us.  As a student nurse you need to be aware that there has been an increase in the levels of norovirus reported to Health Protection Scotland by NHS boards and that NHS boards are now implementin their active norovirus plans.

Further information on norovirus including links to the Stay at Home Campaign and Top Tips can be found at http://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/giz/norovirus.aspx?subjectid=125.  Please make yourself familiar with these.

Coming soon: Electronic Ongoing Achievement Record (eOAR)

In 2016 the school is planning to launch an online version of the Scottish OAR based on a product called Myprogress from My Knowledge Map.  This new system will replace the paper based placement documentation currently in use.  Find out more and see a preview on our web page.

www.rgu.ac.uk/myprogress

A team of health and information science academics at Robert Gordon University (RGU) have launched a new website which will act as a central access point to nursing doctoral and masters’ theses and dissertations from across the globe.

With support from RGU’s Library Service and a team of international collaborators, staff from RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, have designed and launched the International Network for Electronic Theses and Dissertations in Nursing (INETDIN).

Dr Colin Macduff, Head of Research and Scholarly Activity at RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “This new network provides a much needed forum for exchange of information amongst nursing practitioners from around the world.

“During the past five years our international research with colleagues in Duquesne University, USA and Curtin University, Australia has found that there are thousands of nursing theses and dissertations available online but very few people know how to access them.

“Our new RGU-based website draws together best information and evidence in such a way that it will be a key resource for nurse scholars worldwide.”

Dr Susan Copeland, Information Resources Manager in RGU’s Library Service, added: “RGU is a leading voice in the open access to electronic theses and dissertations movement, and this project is a great example of joint working within RGU and across international boundaries.”

The network will be officially launched in the Journal of Advanced Nursing and with presentations over the next four months at international conferences in Puerto Rico, Las Vegas and New Delhi.

http://www.inetdin.net/

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