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!

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Nursing Studies Conference ‘Leaps in the Dark’

Nursing Studies @ The University of Edinburgh

DIAMOND JUBILEE YEAR 2016

‘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:

https://leapsinthedark.wordpress.com/

https://leapsinthedark.wordpress.com/photos-from-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

http://www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/news/university-news/display/?id=17443

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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

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International PG Students visit Clinical Areas in NHS Lothian

This year one of the current MSc Students hosted student colleagues her own clinical area.

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Angie Balfour is currently an MSc student herself offered a group of international students an insight to her clinical work at NHS Lothian.

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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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