Global Nursing Seminar

Over the last 18 months Professors Aisha Holloway and Pam Smith have been working with global nursing leader and policy activist Jane Salvage exploring the global nursing agenda through a series of scholarly exchanges. On Thursday 7 December, Nursing Studies hosted a seminar to welcome Jane. She is Visiting Professor at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, and at the School of Nursing, Coimbra, Portugal.

Jane Salvage

The seminar covered a range of issues including:

  • Thinking nursing, thinking globally, acting locally
  • Nursing Now! – how you can get involved in the global campaign to transform health systems
  • Crisis and opportunity in nursing leadership

The future development of nursing is of vital importance to global health. Despite its great traditions and good practice, nursing faces great challenges – but a window of opportunity is open:  the need to support and scale up nursing is finally being recognised. One game-changer is Triple Impact, a UK parliamentary review of the future development of nursing globally and to which Professors Aisha Holloway and Pam Smith provided written evidence on ‘Leadership’. Alongside other new initiatives, it has provided a springboard for a new global nursing movement, called Nursing Now!

Triple Impact

The stakes could not be higher. Strengthening nursing globally is central to achieving some of the Sustainable Development Goals; delivering universal health coverage and better health for all; improving the lives of women at work; and strengthening local economies. The obstacles include worsening long-term shortages of resources and staff; difficulties with recruitment, retention and return; undervaluing of nurses’ work, such as inappropriate substitution of registered nurses with less qualified staff; poor quality and/or lack of initial and continuing education; and lack of research capacity and awareness. The social and economic returns on investing in nursing are potentially massive, yet the need for this investment is poorly understood.

CRFR Seminar

Nurses are taken for granted, seldom heard and even more seldom heeded. To the detriment of communities, health services and patients everywhere, we are well nigh invisible at top tables. In the boardrooms, offices and conference halls where key health decisions and policies are made, nurses are absent or our voices are muted.

Recent years have seen numerous reports, commissions and strategies on nursing at national, regional and international levels. Many repeat existing knowledge and aspirations, and their recommendations are rarely fully implemented. Nurses talk about them to each other, but few others take much notice. Strong and effective nursing leaders are needed to tackle this huge agenda, and every nurse and every nursing student has a part to play.

See also:

APPG Global Heath

Support for development of nursing globally – a letter from the new WHO Director General

Visit to Japan

Identifying best practice and developing guidelines for migrant care workers to provide culturally sensitive person-centred care for older people and people with dementia in Japan

Dr Radha Adhikari and Professor Pam Smith have just spent 12 days in Japan collecting data for this project funded by the Butterfield Awards for UK-Japan collaboration in medical research and public health practice. Radha is the PI and the project builds on her research collaboration since 2014 with Professor Ruth Carlos, Professor of Economics, Faculty of International Studies, Ryukoko University, Kyoto on the global workforce and migrant care workers in Japan.

Radha interviewing a Filipina care worker

Radha interviewing a Filipina care worker

Group discussion at the Nara Higashi Hospital Group

Group discussion at the Nara Higashi Hospital Group

Group photo at the Maimu Nursing Home, Maizuru, Kyoto

Group photo at the Maimu Nursing Home, Maizuru, Kyoto

Radha & Pam visiting a temple to see Autumn leaves

Radha & Pam visiting a temple to see Autumn leaves

Mount Fuji from the Shikansen ‘bullet train’

Postgraduates Students Visit to Western General Hospital

On 16th October students from the MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice spent an unusual afternoon visiting the Western General Hospital, instead of having a regular Personal & Professional Development tutorial.

Western General Hospital

The group met a former MSc student, Angie Balfour, who gave the current students a nice opportunity to explore the hospital and provided them with a deeper insight about the environment of NHS in Lothian area.

Angie presenting ERAS project

First Angie presented her work as a senior research nurse at WGH mainly looking at ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) a programme designed to aid fast recovery after surgical interventions.

Students had a good opportunity to ask questions and exchange knowledge and experience among a diverse multinational group.

Students in Colorectal Unit meeting room

Students discussing the NHS environment with Angie

By the end of the day, students were thankful to Angie for providing such an opportunity to explore the WGH, and for the new ideas they had after the ERAS presentation. Thanks to Sharon and Angie for organizing this visit. As a group, we are all looking forward to visiting other NHS settings in the Lothian area to learn and discover even more.

Esra Sinary
MSc Advanced Nursing Practice 2017-18

A ‘sepsis’ exchange!

Sepsis is a major health concern and its understanding and management forms a key part of our BN with Honours curriculum. It is a challenging concern and not always easily understood as the pathophysiology is complex and, once established, sepsis can be difficult to contain.  Despite this it is a most rewarding field of research and study.

It was therefore a real pleasure to approached by Edinburgh’s George Watson’s College to give a talk on Sepsis to their senior school students who were members of their Science and Engineering Society. Uncertain as to how to pitch this outwith the University setting and in a relatively short presentation time, I knew I had to rethink the content and messages to suit this particular audience.

Watson’s College is an impressive building which must inspire its students. The auditorium was equally so and the audience, both staff and students, was welcoming and enthusiastic. It worked. They were engaged, responsive and enquiring. I could not help but see them all as prospective undergraduates with us.  They left, I hope, with some key messages to help them understand how sepsis develops, how it might be prevented, who is at risk and what key early warning signs should alert them for action.  I also hope they sensed my passion for nursing and rewards from this career path and indeed that of all health care professions.

It would be a real joy if some of the student audience might bring their enthusiasm to our nursing degree or to medicine here at the University of Edinburgh.

I left with chocolates and a smile.

Tonks N Fawcett
Professor of Student Learning (Nurse Education)

Council of Deans of Health

Hey all, my name is Emma Jane Robertson, I’m a nursing student in my third year at the university. This year I was accepted for the Council of Deans UK-wide Student Leadership Programme, a 6 month long course designed to create leadership skills in students who are working within a Nursing or Allied Health Professional role. So for the next few minutes let me grab your attention to tell you about what it’s about, why it’s important and if you’re a student nurse why you should apply for the course this coming year.

You may be thinking leadership as a student is premature? Surely I will work for a long time before even considering leadership and don’t need to worry about it now? That is the thoughts that went through my head on the train down to my first day on the course. As a, reasonably, fresh faced 2nd year nursing student, leadership hadn’t crossed my mind. I had a huge passion for nursing, the NHS and most importantly its patients, so did find myself questioning ways of better practice for them. But no, I could not even think of that so inexperienced and young, right? Then came an opportunity to join this programme and drinking a coffee in Costa, I off the cuff decided to apply, with no chance of getting in of course. Again wrong. Still, beyond my own understanding I was accepted onto the course and this new, unknown journey had begun.

Group work in Birmingham

The leadership programme began with a 2-day conference in Birmingham and is going to end with a single day workshop in London. This consists of leadership workshops, talks from people in all aspects of leadership in health care and learning about your own practical skills and creating your own leadership journey. Between the two conferences you get a mentor who works with you through your journey and the last conference ties it all off so you can then continue to use your leadership thereafter. I am currently in the in between, with my fantastic and inspiring mentor Jane Mair. In a brief blog I can only scrape the surface of what this course has done for me and the things I have done through the course. It has opened doors I could not have imagined, made me realise I can search for opportunities to make a change at whatever stage I am at and showed me a new insight into what working in healthcare is and let me see behind the scenes of the NHS and the vast roles in nursing – from a band to 5 to an academic to a manager of a hospital – and how each role is as equally challenging and important as the other. Its stretched me to be better, want better and not give up on our great, although flawed, NHS.

Do I know where I will end up in the nursing world, definitely not. But I do know I want to spend my career constantly learning more, experiencing more and if I get to make a difference to one patients journey it will be worth every ounce of work I spend my life doing.

So back to my beginning, how can I think of leadership? Should it be done as a student?

Yes. No doubt in my mind, no matter where you end up working you will use leadership. At university, as a student nurse, as a staff nurse, as a charge nurse, as a site director, you get my gist. Better leadership is better patient care, and is that not the goal of every single nurse out there.

Great Nursing Treasure Hunt

It’s Welcome Week at the University of Edinburgh and the events are abundant! In addition to the many student association and official university events, the School of Health in Social Science Masters in Nursing programme organised several welcoming activities for our new cohort!

Our first day of orientation was GREAT — very educational and equally as fun! The day began with a welcome reception. It was SO nice to meet my fellow MSc colleagues in person after interacting with them on Facebook during the summer. Our class is extremely diverse, oozing with nursing knowledge from Mongolia to Montreal. It is such a privilege to be pursuing my postgraduate education among such an ambitious, adventurous, and global group.

After a few seminars regarding the practicalities of the programme and online resources, we began the GREAT NURSING TREASURE HUNT!

First, we were divided into teams. I was delighted to be paired with Ning, a nurse from China and Andrew, a nurse from Canada! We spent about three hours together on the hunt and were able to get to know each others’ interests and personalities.

The treasure hunt (or scavenger hunt as we call it in the states) was HARD- and I have SEVEN miles, 15,000 steps, sore calves, and worn shoes (I wore heels) to prove it!

Our team name was called the “Healthy Haggis Hunters!” Other fun team names included the Daughters of Florence Nightengale and the Daring Bolts!

We set off on our mission, scouring the streets of Old Town in pursuit of answering a wide array of questions and taking photos with unique Edinburgh landmarks. Our first question: Where would you park your boat at Potterrow? After some searching, we stumbled upon Potterrow Port.

The Hungry Haggis Hunters at Potterrow Port!

Another mission was to take a picture with a golden mailbox! Traditionally, UK mailboxes are painted red. However, we learned that for every gold medal the UK wins at the Olympics (or Paralympics), they paint a mailbox GOLD!

A team at the golden post box!

Other questions had us gallivanting around the campus and taking pictures! Below are pictures of Hume’s lucky toes, a team at the Old College, a view of the ocean from Calton Hill, and a team with the famous camera obscura sign!

Overall, a few teams came out on TOP! Three prizes (Scottish shortbread, of course) were awarded. Below you can see pictures of the award-winning team representatives with their prizes!

From the top: Best Team Name, Most Points Awarded, and Best Picture

All in all, it was a great day of team building and adventuring our new university and home! Thank you to the course instructors who planned the day! I can’t wait for more adventures in the future!

Emily Sarah Taylor BSN, RN (MSc Advancing Nursing Practice)