Carolyn receives QNIS award

A current postgraduate student in Nursing Studies received an award from the Queens Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS).  Carolyn is currently studying the Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Health and Social Care.

On the 10th November 1980 I started studying Nursing at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Exactly 36 years later on the 10th November 2016 I was nominated by Edinburgh University to receive the Queens Nursing Institute Scotland Academic Award for ‘promoting excellence in community nursing’.

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As a true ‘lifelong learner’, I have experienced the evolution of nurse education from on the job hospital based teaching to degree level learning. At this later stage in my career, I am embracing the opportunity to study with, and learn from, fellow Nurses from across the world and generations.  Thank you to the Tutors and my fellow Students.

Well Done Carolyn!

 

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Esther attends the Undergraduate Awards Global Summit 2016

After winning the European Regional Undergraduate Award in the Nursing and Midwifery category, the University of Edinburgh were generous enough to offer to cover my expenses to attend the Global Summit in Dublin from 8th – 11th November. The Global Summit is a four-day event filled with a variety of activities for the winners of any award and those on the highly commended list. The four days were absolutely packed with exciting and thought provoking speeches and presentations taking place in some of the most beautiful locations in Dublin. Accompanied by an award presentation and gala dinner I was extremely impressed by the large scale and attention to detail especially in a programme still in its early years.

I flew in from Edinburgh on Tuesday morning and was greeted by fellow students who were volunteering at the awards this year. From the moment I arrived everyone was so welcoming, especially the UA team. The first day was mostly for mingling and meeting some of the other 100+ attendees from 121 universities and 40 countries all over the world. We had a brief introduction to the team and plan for the week after checking into what I definitely think could be a contender for the coolest hostel ever. This was followed by a tapas style dinner and a pub quiz (which I now know is known as ‘Trivia’ across the Atlantic).

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The first day of the Summit consisted of 76 presentations. Yes, 76. How could that be? Well, they were all 3 minute summaries of other attendee’s presentations that got them here in the first place. As well as being an extremely international group, the summit is made up of students and graduates of all disciplines and while I didn’t necessarily understand the concepts behind each presentation (I’m looking at you, philosophy) I was constantly amazed by some of the work my peers had done. I felt extremely privileged to be a part of this group. In the evening the official opening ceremony took place in the nearby Smock Alley Theatre where we were given a delicious three course meal and listened to some extremely inspiring speeches from some of the head judges of the Undergraduate Awards.

Day Two: Colloquium day. This took place at Farmleigh House; a venue known for usually only opening its doors for foreign diplomats and political leaders such as President Obama. When I wasn’t distracted by the beautiful architecture and décor of the building, I was listening to more speeches and attending ‘breakout’ sessions with some of the colloquium speakers – these are half an hour time slots where we got to interact in small groups with each speaker to ask questions and get advice in how to succeed in their field. Prior to attending the summit, we were asked to read up about each of the speakers and put them in order of preference as we were only able to participate in sessions with four out of the 16 options. First we heard brief talks from. Stephanie Duhaime, Professor Brian Norton, Kris Nelson and Dr Thomas Tahko. We were given the advice that we should opt for sessions that are outside of our subject area so I chose those ran by Kris Nelson (Festival Director of the Tiger Fringe Festival in Dublin) and Martine Cuypers who’s topics of expertise are Greek epics and literature and public speaking. In addition to this she was the chairperson of the Transgender Equality Network Ireland. Although these were vastly different topic areas, both completely unrelated to Nursing, I felt like I was able to take something away from each of them.

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The afternoon sessions were equally as excellent. The speakers were Dr. Rhona Mahony, Professor Ian Robertson, Kevin Roland and Rob Mather. The two breakout’s I went to were run by Dr. Mahony: an obstetrician and gynaecologist and CEO of the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin and Ruth Casey who is a lecturer in EU Affairs and Communications. Both sessions were extremely interactive. Reproductive health was the topic of my winning submission and a great interest of mine. We had a lengthy discussion surrounding ethics in reproductive medicine focused on the subject of genetically modifying embryos or so called “designer babies”. In the second session with Ruth we had a lively debate on the current political issues – Trump and Brexit. Although politics isn’t an area I know much about I was still able to voice my opinion and add to what had already been said.

That evening was the award ceremony and gala dinner. The ceremony took place in City Hall and the dinner in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The guest of honour at the ceremony was Dr Mae Jemison. If it wasn’t enough that she was a doctor who volunteered at a Cambodian Refugee Camp and with the Peace Corps in West Africa, was an astronaut with NASA and was the first black woman in space. If that’s not an impressive woman I don’t know what is! She delivered a powerful and thought provoking speech encouraging us to try, in whatever way we can, to make a difference in this world.

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Only one day was left after of the black-tie events of Thursday Night. Friday’s activity was titled ‘UCollaborate’ which took place in Dublin’s Chocolate Factory (the name is misleading, there was no chocolate. Whatsoever). We were randomly allocated into 13 different groups, each one led by a previous winner of highly commended student from previous years. We were given the task to think of a problem in the world and come up with a solution. Having been assigned open ended questions throughout my entire time at university this seemed like an achievable and fun assignment. Although no one in my team had a background in education we decided, as a team, to try and solve the issue of the inequality in access to educations for children on a global level. After going off on several tangents we managed to come up with a strategy and full plan which we had to present in three minutes in the afternoon. It was a brilliant day and so interesting to hear the views of people from other countries.

The final night was the farewell party which was a brilliant night. It took place at the Newquay Co-op. Just like all our other host venues it was a really unique location and during dinner we heard a about the background of the food co-op and how it is trying to make good quality, organic food available to the everyday consumer and how these ingredients can be used to make healthy and wholesome food. The food was followed up by some live music from a traditional Irish folk music and some failed attempts at ceilidh dancing. I have had such an amazing few days in Dublin at the Global Summit and have met some truly extraordinary people: both who have already achieved great things and those that will go on to do so. I feel truly inspired.

I just want to end this post by encouraging everyone to consider entering themselves for the Undergraduate Awards this submission period (2016/17). I applied on a whim and ended up with a regional award, a trip to Dublin and new friends from all over the world.

Esther Cherukra

Nursing Studies Student – Class 2013-2017

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Sharing E-health Research and Practice with Nursing Studies

We had the pleasure to host Dr Mette Kaltoft and Pofessor Jack Dowie who delivered a fascinating talk entitled “Enhancing person-centred care and health decision literacy via multi-criteria based decision support”. The talk focused on the Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) and the online interactive visual template (Annalisa).

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The speakers argued that e-decision support, will have major implications for the way patients and healthcare professionals make shared decisions that fit person centred care.

The recording of the talk is available here: https://ed.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=f51a26d0-8470-46cf-bd57-f21cb95800ec

 

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New Norms and Forms of Development, Malawi dissemination event, Lilongwe

New Norms and Forms of Development, Malawi dissemination event, Lilongwe

26th of August 2016, 8 am – 2 pm

The final dissemination event of the New Norms and Forms of Development project was held at the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Guest of Honor was Dr. Ronald Mangani. The 37 participants included national and international donor agencies and NGOs, academics and Malawian Government officials. Mr Gibson Masache, on behalf of our research partner Kamuzu College of Nursing gave a brief introduction to the day’s programme. He then introduced Ms. Fannie Kachale (Director, Reproductive Health Unit, MoH) who welcomed the Guest of Honour and other participants, including the research team in KCN and University of Edinburgh. Ms Kachale then briefly talked about the Maternal and Child Health situation in Malawi, and her support towards this research and the value of the findings for External Development Partners and also for the Malawian Health system.

Based on his current experience as the Secretary to the Treasury, Government of Malawi, Dr. Ronald Mangani gave a very moving talk on foreign aid in Malawi and the major challenges related to donor coordination. He highlighted aid dependency a major development challenge in the country. He also talked about another major issue of aid sustainability, as there is an increasing trend in donors channeling funds outside of the government system. Prof. Address Malata and Prof. Pam Smith gave a brief introduction to the research project and the nature of collaboration / partnership between the KCN and University of Edinburgh. Then Dr. Jeevan Sharma and Dr. Radha Adhikari presented key research findings, which were:

  • Social and political organization plays a key role in international development
  • Use of relationships and institutional networks is vital for programmatic success
  • Development projects and programmes are based on new norms of ‘value for money, evidence and measurement of results’.

Following the event, participants gathered for a group photograph to celebrate the successful completion of the project.

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There was a dedicated time for open discussion. Participants raised very important issues around foreign aid, sustainability and donors’ behavior and current challenges the Malawian government/health system is facing. All participants were very engaged and raised critical questions around the foreign aid channeling mechanism in Malawi. In summary, all participants found our study findings critical to Malawi’s health system and very policy relevant. A number of participants including Dr. Ruth Mwandira from the DFID, Victoria Loiya, GIZ (Technical Advisor) suggested that they would share the key findings with their senior policy staff in their organisations.

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Nursing Studies Student receives an Undergraduate Award!

Nursing Studies Student, Esther Cherukara, is the Regional Winner in the Nursing and Midwifery category in the Undergraduate Awards.

The Undergraduate Awards (UA)announced the winners of the 2016 programme with entrants from across the University of Edinburgh featuring in top spots. Cited as the ultimate champion of high-potential undergraduates, and often referred to as a “junior Nobel Prize”, The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest international academic awards programme, recognising excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts.

The Undergraduate Awards received a record number of submission in the 2016 programme, totalling a massive 5,514 papers from undergraduates  in 244 institutions and 121 nationalities.

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Esther’s paper ‘The India Pad Project’ is the highest performing paper in the Europe region in the Nursing and Midwifery category. The Regional Winner is the highest performing Highly Commended paper within their region.

The India Pad Project was first created for the honours option in Global Public Health I took in third year. I had already decided to go to India for my clinical elective and so thought it would be a good idea to learn more about the country before I went. I have a strong interest in women’s health and upon doing some reading into the matter I realised that the topic of menstruation and reproductive health is still a very taboo topic in India. The project had several aims and was inspired by one of a similar nature already in place in Uganda.

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The first aim was to provide women of all ages with a good education in reproductive health. The next was to provide sustainable jobs for women by teaching them how to manufacture and sell reusable sanitary products. These would then be available for all women, particularly adolescent girls as many are missing school because of their period. By providing them with proper sanitary products it would encourage school attendance allowing them to get a full education and go on to achieve their dreams.

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As a student nurse at Edinburgh University I’ve always been encouraged to pursue my goals which is why I want to do the same for these women. Actually going to India for my clinical elective was an extraordinary experience. It has made me really appreciate how excellent the NHS really is and has made me all the more excited for qualifying as a nurse in 2017.

Well Done Esther- what an exciting project and well deserved award!

 

 

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Welcome to the new MSc ANP students!

We welcomed the new cohort of MSC/MN students who joined us this year and sent them to what is now a customary ‘initiation’ exercise – our Royal Mile treasure hunt.

The treasure hunt is now an annual event in the Nursing studies calendar and offers the new students to get to know each other and see the city.

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The bad weather did not hold them back and they were able to find the clues and answer all – well almost all – the questions.

Following a rigorous judging the team with the highest score (240 from available 200) was declared winners!

 

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New Norms and Forms of Development

Brokerage in Maternal and Child Health Service Development and Delivery in Nepal and Malawi

Radha Adhikari and Pam Smith are currently in Kathmandu, Nepal disseminating the project findings at a conference and workshop. The ESRC/DFID funded project is due for completion in October 2016.

Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya

On 27 July Radha presented a paper on the Role of Networks and Relationships in International Aid and Maternal and Child Health. The presentation was part of a panel on New Norms and Forms of Development in the Health Sector in Nepal chaired by Jeevan Sharma, Lecturer, Social Anthropology, the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh and a member of the research team. The following day, 28 July, Radha chaired a panel on The Use of Social Science Method in Mental Health Research and Intervention Design in Nepal.

Pam, Radha and Jeevan at the conference

Pam, Radha and Jeevan at the Conference

 

Nepal Dissemination Workshop

The project has benefited from strong partnerships between the Schools of Health in Social Science and Social and Political Science. University of Edinburgh, Social Science BAHA, Nepal and the Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi:Project Partnerships

Obindra Chand, Social Science BAHA undertaking Fieldwork

Obindra Chand, Social Science BAHA undertaking Fieldwork

The workshop took place on August 1st at the Annapurna Hotel, Kathmandu attended by 42 delegates from funding agencies, universities, NGOs, the Ministry of Health and the project team. The discussions centred on the social and political organisation of external development assistance, the importance of networks and relationships in the functioning of MCH projects, and the ‘new norms’ which emphasise ‘value for money, evidence and measurement of results’. An open discussion followed on the policy and practice implications of the research.

Click on the link to view photos taken at the workshop

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Pam Smith, Radha Adhikari

Kathmandu, August 1st 2016

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Sharon and Colin hang out in China!

Our trip to China

Colin and I arrived to a hot and very humid metropolis where slow traffic and fumes were dominant – but we had a wonderful and extremely productive visit!

Having been briefed by our current Chinese students we hunted for a restaurant where the food was fresh and looked yummy – and found this fantastic place! The food was prepared by a chef with a black belt in noodle making and consumed using…chop sticks!.

 

We did use chopsticks!

We did use chopsticks!

With a full tummy we progressed on foot towards the Forbidden City. We never got there as we had to be back at the hotel where we set to meet a student who graduated 2 years ago. She now works full time in Beijing as a medical editor in a start-up company, acting as an interface to technology colleagues who develop software and hardware for expected mothers and unborn babies. The dinner was (again) delicious and the discussion was fascinating.

The following morning we were set to give a presentation at a recruitment agency that acts as a mediator between potential students and the University. We arrived there using the underground train – which was easy to navigate and very modern (and with air condition – phew!). The meeting itself included a videoconference link to two other sites and it was part of their routine process to be inclusive of colleagues in remote sites– fantastic! We went back to the underground to get train tickets for our trip to Hangzhou the following day. The station was MASSIVE but we were helped by a few young people who spoke very good English. In fact, Beijing is full young professionals and both Colin and I had a sense that we were the only people with grey hair … maybe that was the reason a few people on at the station asked if they could take a picture with us….

Art at the underground

Art at the underground

The 2 ex-ANP students we met that evening treated us to the best Peking Duck we ever had. They paid for the taxi and the bill using their mobile phones and told us they never carry cash – no need to ‘be bothered’ with coins. It was great hearing their stories and get the latest news (weddings, boyfriends, children…) from the MSc cohort from last year – we were very proud of their achievements!

We were fortunate to be staying very close to Peking University but the short walk was done in the pouring (torrential!) rain. In fact, we realised that it only rained in China when we had no umbrellas with us… but in general we had good and dry weather during our 5 day visit. We got slightly lost on the way to the Medical Humanities building and ended up in a locked psychiatric ward (long story…). The ‘exposure’ to that clinical environment in Beijing was unexpected and augmented other site visits we had in Hangzhou. Overall, the discussion we had with key staff in Peking University was very useful and we are hoping to follow it up soon.

Professor Lu Nursing department Peking University with Sharon and Colin

Professor Lu Nursing department Peking University with Sharon and Colin

We left Beijing with mixed feelings. It is a very modern, vibrant and easy to manage city with plenty of traffic (people and cars) but you could be anywhere in the world – really. We saw hardly any birds and the smog was evident but did not affected us – health wise. The 5 hours trip to Hangzhou on a train, traveling at 300 Kilometre an hour, revealed more of the construction ‘miracle’ that engulfed China – as we passed though clusters of large tower blocks with hundreds of busy cranes.

We arrived late at night and prepared for a meeting we had the following morning with the dean of the Nursing department at Zhenjiang University. We were picked up by two nursing lecturers and the discussion in the car was so intensive that we ended up in a minor car accident. Undeterred – we walked the last 500 meter to our meeting that was held in the campus’ coffee shop – informal and refreshing. We were treated to a fantastic lunch and a tour of the famous Sir Run Run Shao Hospital where 7000 people attend the outpatient department – daily!

Nursing station in an inpatient ward at Run Run hospital

Nursing station in an inpatient ward at Run Run hospital

We were shown around the campus and had an afternoon (green) tea at a traditional dwelling, which was uprooted and placed at the heart of a large garden. Students have such a wonderful place to wander around – with large grassy area whilst listening to music that was blurring out of mushroom shaped speakers… judging from the catchy tunes I would not be surprised if China is the next nation to join the Eurovision song contest!

The following day we met nursing colleagues at Hangzhou Normal University and were introduced to the Director of the international office and his depute. The new Campus, which we toured using a Golf buggy, is currently being built but looks very impressive already. The lunch we had there was (yet again) FANTASTIC – rich and delicious! It was hard to focus on the afternoon ‘task’ – but Colin and I delivered a lecture to some 20 undergraduate students followed by a talk to some 20 PG students on what is ‘nursing’. We were very impressed by the level of engagement and the English of the students we saw and were delighted to be reunited with the 2 students who came to Edinburgh last year. It was their graduation day and Colin was able to demonstrate how to celebrate in style!

Colin and the Girls!

Colin and the Girls!

We were treated to a delicious dinner before our driver came to take us back to our hotel – to get ready for a site visit to following day…

This final day in China was dedicated to reviewing the facility for our exchange students and ensure they will be well looked after. After seeing their accommodation and the dedicated staff who are set to support them – whilst in Hangzhou – we remained concerned. We worry that the students will have such a good time that they may find it hard to go back to their NHS Lothian placements in year 4!

The goodbye party included… food… lots of it… and again delicious dishes to share. We will progress with potential collaboration with colleagues in China and next time we are there… we will make sure we fast a week prior to departure – to have a chance to try all of the dishes that we were offered!

food glorious food!

food glorious food!

Sharon & Colin June 2016

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MSc Students at the NES Conference 2016

On Thursday 9 June 2016, three ANP students attended an extraordinary nursing conference in Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh and have shared their thoughts about the day for the blog.

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The conference started with a speech of a member of the Scottish government who spoke about post registration education and policy landscape.

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Each of us attended to 5 sessions focused on different themes relevant for healthcare professions. Reflective practice, supervision, e-health and the use of e-portfolio were just some on the themes raised and emphasised.

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Because this event was not only attended by nurses, but also other healthcare professionals, it was good to mingle with people from various fields and look into some concerns of practice in other healthcare fields, as well as in nursing field.

However, because we have neither any particular working experience in NHS Scotland nor any educational background about NHS Scotland, we had some difficulties in catching up with some abbreviation or standards which were told many times in the session(s). Furthermore, we think this conference was mostly suitable for those who are on the way of leadership or structural position in NHS.

Overall, we consider it as a great experience which has stimulated our critical reflection about education in practice. We are looking forward to attend the next conference!!!

 

 

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Pam Smith in Queens Birthday Honours List

We had wonderful news this week, Professor Pam Smith was awarded an MBE for nursing and nurse education as part of the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list.

imageIts a wonderful achievement for Pam, and lovely to be awarded this during Nursing Studies 60th year

Pam remains active within research and teaching within the university, and has shared many of these experiences on the blog already but she was happy to share something about this too!

“Thank you to so many friends and colleagues from the great community of nursing for your congratulations on my being awarded an MBE and the wider acknowledgement of the award for nurses and nursing. I am delighted that it comes during Nursing’s Diamond Jubilee Year at the University of Edinburgh and my own golden jubilee of becoming a nursing student at the University of Manchester. Thank you to so many nurses, colleagues and friends from across the academic disciplines for your great support and inspiration”.

Congratulations again to Pam!

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