A professional development programme for care home nurses in east London
evidence and practice    

A professional development programme for care home nurses in east London

Mercy Wasike Assistant divisional director of nursing, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
Rozi Hamilton Nurse adviser, Inner East London Superhub for Community Nursing, East London NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
Darren Sharpe Senior research fellow, Institute for Health and Human Development, University of East London, London, England

There is a need for professional development opportunities for registered nurses undertaking leadership roles in care homes. This article examines the learning outcomes from a pilot career development programme for care home nurses, which was designed and delivered as part of a Florence Nightingale Foundation leadership scholarship. The six-month programme, consisting of one-day workshops, focused on four key competencies, one of which was to identify and consider potential pathways for career development in the sector. Fifteen nurses took part in the development programme. They contributed to the session discussions and activities by drawing on their professional experience.

On completion, the nurses reported that they believed attending the programme would improve their practice and contribute towards any future career development. The findings indicate an increased confidence among some of the nurses who attended. The programme also had a positive effect on their professional self-image, with some reporting that it made them feel more like ‘real nurses’, who are proud to care for a vulnerable group in society.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2019.e1135

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Correspondence

mercy.wasike@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Wasike M, Hamilton R, Sharpe D (2019) A professional development programme for care home nurses in east London. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2019.e1135

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the Burdett Trust for Nursing for their generosity in sponsoring the Florence Nightingale Foundation leadership scholarship undertaken by Mercy Wasike and East London NHS Foundation Trust for making it possible to create a successful partnership. Darren Sharpe was supported through funded time by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North Thames at Barts Health NHS Trust. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the National Institute for Health Research or the Department of Health and Social Care

Published online: 08 May 2019

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