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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!).

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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

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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

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

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Murder Mystery e-Learning Induction For 2015

This September will see the 2015 intake of Nursing and Midwifery students taking part in a new interactive induction to e-Learning.  The online tool has been designed to encourage engagement with the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  It is hoped the CampusMoodle Murder Mystery will bring a consistently high quality student experience as they navigage the VLE looking for clues.

The new online material includes pre-recorded screencasts, voiceovers and knowledge check quiz questions.  The induction has been designed by School e-Learning Adviser Gavin Innes to work on tablet devices as well as desktop computers enabling the resource to be used for online distance learning as well as face to face teaching. However, an additional option will also be included for a quick induction with no gimmicks – for the more business minded student.

Nobody was hurt in the making of this induction.

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.”