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MyKnowledgeMap® User Engagement Event, Friday, 18th of September

Following a successful capital bid in July 2015, the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon is fortunate enough to be currently developing with MyKnowledgeMap®, ECATs (Electronic Clinical Assessment Tools). All the pre-registration midwifery and post-registration competency based courses will be introduced to the ECATs by September, 2016.   Currently, the school is digitalising our recently validated pre-registration nursing Scottish Ongoing Achievement Record (S-OAR) (NMC 2008) and a MyKnowledgeMap® User Engagement Event was held on the 18th of September, as part of this developmental work.  Highlights of the day included; Sian Shaw from Anglia Ruskin shared lessons learned from her innovative development work using ECATs within nursing and midwifery; Dr Karen Strickland shared guidelines for evidence-based practice from her recent literature review; and Steve Sidaway from MyKnowledgeMap® demonstrated the capacity and potential of using electronic assessment tools.

Success of this project will indicate the school will hopefully become a paper-free assessment environment (clinical and written) by Sept 2016.  ECATs have the potential to benefit students by improving the timeliness, accessibility, consistency and quality of feedback from clinical placements (NMC 2008). Although ECATs  provides innovative, technologically enhanced, learning environments and experiences supported by skilled teams of learning technologists, academics, practice educators and clinical practitioners, it can also quickly help identify and proactively support students who are struggling in clinical placements.

However, the real challenge for the School of Nursing and Midwifery will be working alongside our partners in practice with the diversity of digital literacy of both students and registered nurses and midwives in practice. Many mentors who support our students report already feeling challenged by the speed and increased use of technology in assessing student clinical competency and this event explored how the School of Nursing and Midwifery can address this.

Please see attached videos for an overview of the event.

Steve Sidaway, Business Development Manager, My Knowledge Map.

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Siân Shaw, Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University

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Dr Karen Strickland, Associate Head of School, Robert Gordon University

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Dr Fiona Work and Alison Brown, Senior Lecturers, Robert Gordon University

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Joel Smith, Senior Product Consultant, My Knowledge Map

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Any enquiries about this project, please contact:
Dr Fiona Work f.work@rgu.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer eLearning and Innovation


RGU’s top Nursing and Midwifery students receive awards

The highest achieving nursing and midwifery professionals in the north-east have been recognised by RGU.

The university’s School of Nursing and Midwifery announced the winners of its annual prizes at a ceremony in the Faculty of Health and Social Care on Tuesday, December 16. A new mental health nursing prize created in memory of a dearly missed member of staff at RGU has been awarded for the first time. The Dr Andrew McKie Memoria Quaich was donated by the McKie family after the popular mental health lecturer passed away last year.

Other awards conferred at the ceremony were the Mentor of the Year Award, the Jennie Parry Prize for Clinical and Academic Excellence and the Honourable Lady Bannatyne Prize for students in the field of Children and Young People’s (CYP) Nursing.

The Dr Andrew McKie Memorial Quaich was presented to Alan Rucroft from Boddam who was a student in Dr McKie’s personal tutor group. The award will be presented each year to a mental health nursing student who, on completion of their pre-registration nurse education, demonstrates the nursing values held so dear by Dr McKie. Alan (30), who graduated this year with a degree in Mental Health Nursing, received his award from a member of Andy’s family. He said: “I was very surprised to receive the award but also very proud. Andy was a fantastic lecturer and person. I was glad to have the chance to be taught by him and have his 1. Chris McKie Alan Rucroft Rosie McKieinterest in mental illness and ethics inspire me.” Alan’s application for the award was supported by his personal tutor Josey Mackenzie. She said: “Alan continued to grow in confidence and competence during the course and this is reflected in his the excellent grade A achieved for placement experience.  He could be relied upon to produce work of a very high standard and he had really good relationships with patients and staff. “His calm influencing manner was described as a clear asset when working with people who were distressed. Alan was a quiet and gentle student with excellent listening skills. As he grew in confidence he shared excellent insights within group tutorials. His caring nature enabled good supportive relationships with peers, clinical and academic staff.”

Senior Staff Nurse at NHS Grampian Tanya Laurenson, from Aberdeen, received the Mentor of the Year award from Professor Ian Murray. She was nominated by nursing student Kathryn Robertson following her placement at the Emergency Care Centre in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI). Tanya (31), said: “I am delighted to be recognised as Mentor of the Year and it is an honour to have been nominated by Kathryn following her placement in my team.  “As well as mentoring Kathryn during the placement I was also progressing in my career to senior staff 2. Ian Murray Tanya Laurenson Kathryn Robertsonnurse. Although there were challenges adapting to my new role it was important to remain focused on the educational development of our future nurses and I’m very please I’ve been able to play my part in that.” Tanya worked with Kathryn to build her confidence and also helped her to develop vital nursing skills in a busy work environment.  Kathryn said: “Tanya worked very hard with me and helped me gain so much more confidence and taught me mountains of knowledge. I cannot express the amount of help and support she has given me. Tanya has really helped me grow as a person and I left the placement like a different person and it is thanks to her. I really cannot thank Tanya enough and couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. Any nursing student would be extremely lucky to have Tanya as their mentor.”

Mental Health Nursing student Rob Bradley, from Aberdeen, scooped the Jennie Parry Prize for Clinical and Academic Excellence. The award was donated by the retired Head of School for a student who, throughout their training, demonstrated actual or potential leadership and clinical excellence. Rob (36), is a staff nurse at the Skene ward in the city’s Royal Cornhill Hospital. He said: “I came into nursing at a crossroads in my life. It has given me focus, self-confidence and fulfilment and I’m proud to have been able to repay some of that. “Winning the Jenny Parry award means a great deal to me and I would like to thank the amazing people who have supported, taught and inspired me through my three years at university.”

Rob, who received his award from Mrs Jennie Parry, received support for his award application from his 3. Ian Murray Rob Bradley Jennie Parrypersonal tutor Josey Mackenzie. She said: “Rob proceeded to gain in confidence and competence throughout the course and his excellent standards of care were reflected in his grades. He was enthusiastic to learn and gain different experiences and demonstrated an ability to provide patient focused care, and could challenge appropriately when an individual’s needs were not being met. Rob consistently demonstrated an extremely high level of motivation and commitment to advancing his knowledge about mental health and caring for people. He interacted extremely well with peers, academic and clinical staff and could be relied upon to provide genuine support and encouragement to others.”

The Honourable Lady Bannatyne Prize for students in the field of Children and Young People’s (CYP) Nursing was awarded to Ciaira O’Keeffe. Lady Bannatyne lectured at the university for 28 years, primarily specialising in children and young people nursing. During this time she was known by her former name, Mrs Rose Smith. After her retirement in 2009 she married Lord Bannatyne (Iain Peebles) – a judge of the High Court of Justiciary and Court of Session in Scotland – and consequently took the honorary title of Lady Bannatyne. Ciaira (23), who is originally from Cork, Ciaira O’KeeffeIreland, was nominated by Helen Muir, Practice Education Lecturer at RGU, and received her award from Lady Bannatyne. Ciaira said: “Finding out I had won the Honourable Lady Bannatyne Prize was a huge surprise. It was a difficult decision just over three years ago to leave Ireland to pursue my studies, but I worked very hard along with all my classmates at RGU. We received great support from our lecturers and I feel honoured to be recognised with this award.” Helen Muir said: “In terms of on-going commitment to her studies Ciara worked very hard. She was always very enthusiastic and motivated and keen to learn. She demonstrated passion for the field of CYP Nursing during her placements and was always helpful and supportive to her fellow students. Ciara also took an active approach to ensure her progression throughout the programme by seeking help from appropriate sources in a timely manner, attending classes and participating actively in classroom teaching.” Alison McLennan, Head of Practice Learning at RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “Dr Andrew McKie was renowned for his humanity, scholarship, professionalism and passion for mental health nursing. He was an outstanding academic, a true friend, teacher and colleague to many at the School of Nursing and Midwifery and beyond. We’re proud to award the Dr Andrew McKie Memorial Quaich for the first time alongside our other annual prizes. I would like to offer my personal congratulations to all of our prize winners for their outstanding contributions to the on-going educational development of nurses. Choosing the recipients for each award was no easy task due to the high standards of all the nurses and midwives who were nominated and I know this year’s winners will continue to show their passion for educational development and the nursing profession.”

Promoting Excellence in the Pre Registration Nursing Programme Using High Fidelity Simulation

What is our ambition?
To promote excellence in dementia care in the pre – registration nursing programme (years 1 – 4) that enhances nursing care of patients, families and carers affected by dementia. Teaching the “real” challenges patients with dementia, their families / carers face. To promote person centred care in all aspects of nursing practice – getting it right for everyone.

What is high fidelity mask simulation?
This involves an educator creating a plausible scenario that students relate to in a safe environment i.e. within the University where vulnerable people can be protected. For example simulation of learning how to do a blood pressure would be taught in class and then practised on each other and patient volunteers in our clinical skills centre (mock ward area). High fidelity mask simulation, we think has the potential to create the appropriate credible scenarios around a variety of complex areas in nursing practice that are critical to student nurses learning and patient care. The masked educator wears a mask of an elderly lady, dresses and behaves in character throughout any interactions.

 How do we propose to do this?
Create the character and her life story. Then build in a natural sequence of events a person with dementia may encounter, where nurses would be involved in either hospital or home care settings. For example: being admitted to hospital with a possible infection or perhaps after a fall. The masked educator is a nurse with experience of caring for patients, families and carers affected by dementia, therefore can create scenarios based on lived experience; directing the students learning journey. The character  is intended to have a diagnosis of dementia  and has a carer who is a constant within the scenario we plan to create. The person playing the role of the carer is the Lecturer for older adults in the school of nursing, who also has extensive experience in caring for patients, families and carers affected by dementia.

 Why do we want to do it this way?
We believe you can teach about care and compassion but there is cynicism in the general public about how Universities manage to do this. Therefore we need to be creative as books alone will not completely prepare our future nurses.

What you think about this approach?

  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • Would you be able to help us enhance this initiative?
  • Who, amongst you would be interested in working alongside us on this project.

If you want any further information on this please contact us.

Katrina Whittingham,
Theme Leader for Person Centred Care/ Adult Nursing Lecturers,
01224 262984,
k.a.whittingham1@ rgu.ac.uk


Una Lyon,
Lecturer for Older Adult,
01224 262920,