Anyone for coffee?

On March 8th 2018 I went to the  Royal Infirmary Edinburgh (RIE) along with seven of my colleagues engaged in graduate nursing studies at the University of Edinburgh to profile the launch of Nursing Now—a  global campaign aimed to raise the profile of nurses.  To embody the essence of the Nursing Now campaign, we graduate students went to  the nursing units at RIE to give nurses a gift of coffee as gesture of gratitude.Nursing Now RIE

One hundred and twenty cups of coffee were handed out on over sixteen nursing units!  It was amazing to see the response of the staff nurses when the we came around to hand out the coffees.  Many of them saw us coming and asked cynically “oh you brought us coffee?”  When we said,”yes we did, would you like one?” It was amazing, the nurses  body posture became relaxed and a smile stretched from ear to ear. “Really!” They respond,  “You shouldn’t have, that’s really very nice of you!” Many would said.  Some, were a bit more suspicious: “what’s the catch?”  “Nothing” we said, “we are nurses from different parts of the world doing our graduate work and we want to say thank you as nurses for the great work that you do.”  When we introduce ourselves as nurses, I think that opened the conversation. It seemed that nurses did not expect to be sought out specifically to be thanked, and it was apparent that they appreciated the gesture. Nursing Now RIE

To understand the challenges of nurses and to get an understanding of how nurses could support other nurse in their work we asked many nurses on our rounds “If you could change the world tomorrow as a nurse, what would you do?”  We documented the response as we went around (see photo attached). Common responses included “more staff” and  “better pay”, with variations in that theme being “just fill the positions we have,” and “can we show people what the actual cost of  health care is.”   Many nurses wanted  “to have more involvement in the resuscitation status of patients” and decisions around health care structure and delivery stating:  “involve nurses at all levels of decisions making.” Unique responses included “use Facebook,” and “support nurses working full scope” to “show patients care and most importantly, LOVE”. Nurses Wish List

What struck me about this experience was how committed nurses are to their work and their patients; and nurses want to get it right!  I am reassured that nurses will have the capacity and inspiration to be the leaders of the future.  By supporting each other,  I am certain we nurses will further find energy and capacity to create new directions in healthcare.

Andrew Waddington, RN from Calgary, Canada

Nursing Now Launch!

Nursing Now Logo

Nursing Now is a global campaign which launches this week in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and International Council of Nurses. Nursing Now is based on the findings of the Triple Impact report. The report concluded that as well as improving health globally, empowering nurses would contribute to improved gender equality as the vast majority of nurses are women, and build stronger economies.

Nurses and nursing students from the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian are joining the international launch this week by involving Edinburgh in the global conversation and giving nurses a voice in the future of healthcare.

Representatives of Nursing Now from the University of Edinburgh will be visiting the wards of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh to take coffee to the nurses on duty to thank them for the care they are giving – and to let them know their voice matters.

Nursing Now continues to highlight the essential role and crucial knowledges which nurses bring to healthcare – to elevate the imperative work of nurses worldwide we are going to as the nurses of Edinburgh “If you could change the world tomorrow, as a nurse….”

The Nursing Now global campaign launched 27 February 2018, tickets available for the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh event Thursday 1 March 2018.

Andrew Waddington, RN
(MsC Nursing, University of Edinburgh)

Graduate and Undergraduate Connections

To be an outstanding nurse requires intentional collaboration both inter and intra professionally.  Through  collaboration nurses can synergies on projects and opportunities but also take advantages of moments  to reinforce ones knowledge by teaching, coaching and  mentoring. The mentorship tea scheduled for January 24th is an opportunity for graduate/undergraduate nursing students to engage in all of the above activities. In building informal relationships and sharing experiences allows peer mentorship to develop: a bi-directional encounter where experienced graduate nurses can share their nursing background and knowledge while undergrads can also provide new ideas from their varied backgrounds and inject new energy into old problems requiring new solutions. We hope that many nursing students can attend.

Andrew Waddington
MSc Advancing Nursing Practice

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

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)

Nursing Studies is Number 1!


Nursing studies at the University of Edinburgh came out on top of the Complete University Guide University rankings 2018 yesterday.
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Nursing Studies Staff and Students in the Medical Quad- celebrating 60 years of nursing education!

Our undergraduate honours degree has been given an impressive 100% overall score.

One of our current students was happy to tell us why she thinks the University of Edinburgh is the best place to study nursing.

‘I can name 100 reasons why studying to be a nurse at Edinburgh University is great: the balance of academic, clinical and patient-centered learning, the constant support, life-long friendships, wide array of resources, beautiful city or the endless opportunities it gives you. But simply I’d only say one thing, they don’t just teach you a degree but constantly push you to become the best nurse you can be and what more could you want than that’

Emma-Jane, Nursing Studies Class 2016-2020

More information on our nursing course can be found here



PhD Nursing Students’ Visit to the Sick Kids Hospital, Edinburgh.

Some of our Postgraduate students managed to fit a visit to the ‘Sick Kids’ hospital around their studies.

The visit was organised by Sharon Levy and Clarissa (a PhD Student in Nursing Studies).  A group of six PhD Nursing Students accompanied by Sharon went to the Royal hospital for Sick Children ‘Sick Kids’ on Thursday February 9, 2017.

The group were met by  Lindsay McLeish, a Health and Wellbeing Nurse, who gave the group a detailed lecture about her specialty area – Transition of clients (children) with long term illness/ disabilities especially spinal bifida and hydrocephalus into adult care.

There was time to explore the need for this service, schedule of activities, challenges faced and the proposed way forward as part of the session.

Time was also spent considering the Scotland Framework – Getting it right for every child and Ready, Steady, Go – Transition to adult services assessment package.

The PhD students who are all from different parts (countries) of the world also exchanged their experiences on how children with such conditions are managed in their different countries. Some suggestions were given, questions, concerns and clarifications were also made. It was an interactive and educative experience for all involved!

Nursing Studies Conference ‘Leaps in the Dark’

Nursing Studies @ The University of Edinburgh


‘Leaps in the Dark’: Celebrating 60 years of Nursing Studies

Venue: John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh

Our alumni conference took place on November 4th and brought the Nursing Studies; 2016 Diamond Jubilee Year celebrations to a close. The purpose of the  conference was to hear about the ‘leaps’ taken by individuals and groups over the six decades of Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Why ‘Leaps in the Dark’? The conference theme was inspired by the history of the Nursing Studies’ Department: ‘A Leap in the Dark’ written by Dr Rosemary Weir (1996, the Book Factory, London) to mark the fortieth anniversary.

Click on the following links to read and see more about the conference:

Head of Nursing, Sheila Rodgers and Pam Smith one of the conference organisers;

Delegates gathering prior to the start of the conference;

Professor Tonks Fawcett during the break with Professor Margaret Alexander and one of the delegates:

Pam Smith (Right) with Linden Jeffrey (Left) her friend and co-alumna from the University of Manchester’s Bachelor of Nursing programme. The Edinburgh alumni conference gave Pam the idea to organise an alumna event in Manchester to mark 1966, the fiftieth anniversary of becoming  a nursing student. Read more about the event on the University of Manchester website below:

‘Super nurses’ re-unite 46 years after becoming England’s first with degrees

11 Nov 2016

Undergraduate Teaching on Clinical Information Management

Year 2 of our BN programme had a fascinating talk by a health informatician from NHS Lothian, as part of their ‘Professionalism’ course.

Marina Copping, Clinical Information Manager (Maternal, Children and Young People) described current developments of clinical IT systems and the importance of good record keeping.

She stressed that the focus of nursing care should always be the person and their holistic needs but reminded students that in the current financial climate without good data it is difficult to justify extra resources for nursing. Marina said that capturing the right data and having the means to safely share accurate and timely information is critical to maintaining safe and effective care. Year 2 students have another opportunity to consider eHealth and implications to community practice later on in this semester