Newly qualified community nurses to receive personal and professional support from LSBU
07 April 2015
Bank University (LSBU) has received £128,000 to provide personal and
professional support to newly qualified and trainee nurses working in north and
east London communities. The project is being developed for Health Education
North Central and East London (HE NCEL).
"Working as a
nurse in the community can be very demanding, unpredictable and isolating.
There is an urgent need to give nurses local educational support to develop
their skills, competence and confidence. This will enhance achievement and
progression in the future community nursing workforce," said Sue Boran, Senior
Lecturer in Community Healthcare (District Nursing) at LSBU.
is specifically aimed at practice nurses and district nurses, who provide care
to patients in their homes or in residential nursing homes. Nurses will get one-to-one
professional mentoring, life coaching and access a new online support network.
mentors and a full-time educator will help nurses develop their independent
care skills and ease their transitions to community nursing practice. Nurses
will also receive iPads and access to a new online community that lets them ask
for help, share experiences and pool resources.
"Our vision is to
work collaboratively with practitioners, educators and education providers
locally through Community Education Provider Networks (CEPN) to embed
sustainable solutions for the future. We are delighted that LSBU will be
working with our CEPNs, where they have a long established relationship with
healthcare organisations," said Chris Caldwell, Dean of Healthcare
Professionals at HE NCEL.
"LSBU has a
long history of providing top quality programmes and recognising the importance
of work-based learning for nurses in community settings. We are moving towards even
more integrated working, which HE NCEL's funding will enable us to further
develop," said Sue.