The success of our students is testament to their hard work, and we love to celebrate when our students' hard work pays off. Keep it up!
Diane Pridmore, a nursing student who studied the inter-professional learning module (which combines nursing and radiography students), is now working with the Director of Service Improvement for a large NHS Trust after presenting an idea that aims to make a positive difference to the patient discharge process. The innovative development involves a traffic light system whereby doctors can communicate patient updates with pharmacists in a more efficient manner. If implemented into clinical practice, the system will also:
- Allow doctors to have more control and reduce length of time to complete as it can be done at the patient's bed space instead of at the end of the doctor's ward round.
- Enable family and friends of the patient to clearly see the steps of the discharge process.
One of our first year nursing students, Katie Eckert, is Care Maker of the of the month! See below for more information on what our Care Makers stand for and the sort of things they get up to.
Care Makers sharing compassion in practice
A number of our nursing students here at the University of Derby are currently Care Maker Champions, passionately promoting good standards of care within healthcare settings. Our students have been selected due to their ability to spread the word about Compassion in Practice across the NHS. Being positive role models, our Care Maker Champions act as ambassadors for the six c's - care, compassion, competence, communication, commitment and courage. Have a look what Care Makers are all about.
To see some of the activites that our Care Makers are involved in, see what Katie Eckert, one of our BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing students, has been up to:
One of our recently qualified nurses, Tanya Fewkes, has been made regional Care Maker for the North East, Yorkshire and Humber region.
Innovative ways of learning
Students studying the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing recently undertook a series of Health Information Points at Ilkeston Community Hospital and Chesterfield Royal Hospital. We had an impressive 382 people stop at our points over two days.
Karen Kitchen, Professional Development Lead for Derbyshire Community Health Services who attended our Health Information Points has commented - "Really innovative way for students to learn! Very impressed by the students' subject knowledge, their presentation skills and their clear understanding of the process of commissioning services to meet health care needs. All credit to them so early into their training. Well done."
The events were the culmination of these first years students undertaking the simulated practice ‘Health of the Community’. This simulation consists of a series of activities inclusive of a parachute exercise that includes visiting and finding out about the public health needs of different communities across Derbyshire; leading on to a Dragons Den style activity entitled the Commissioning Cauldron. Within this activity the students design, propose, and bid for investment for a hypothetical public health improvement to a panel of commissioners (academics and practice representatives). In the final week of the simulated practice the students take back their learning to communities to share their findings and ideas for local public heath improvement via the Health Information Point format.
Students awarded for their innovation at ASPiH conference
Six of our pre-registration nursing students presented at the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) conference in Harrogate during 19 - 21 November. The presentations were based upon how to develop simulation from a student perspective. The two groups of students presented separate ideas consisting of: the development of student peer led simulation scenarios; the development of a mobile telephone application to support skills attainment related to the Essential Skills Clusters.
The students were selected for innovation awards with ASPiH/Higher Education Academy funding (together with subject area support) to attend the conference following a competitive national short listing process - there were only six other groups of students selected to present at this conference inclusive of medical and veterinary students from across the UK. The conference was attended by over 400 international delegates.