The General Practice Nurse Education Network

General Practice Nurse Education Network | August 2019 | The General Practice Nurse Education Network

This network is part of a number of initiatives arising from the General Practice Nursing 10 point plan. The General Practice Nurse Education Network  (GPNEN)  provides a repository of online resources to assist those nurses working in General Practice to have a “one-stop shop” when looking for continuing professional development initiative and support. adult-blood-care-1350560

It also works to provide a framework for GPN practice education roles within primary care. Provide guidance and resources to primary care about how the new Nursing and Midwifery Standards for student supervision and assessment are applied

It also provides information for student nurses and those new to General Practice Nursing (Source: GPNEN).

A range of resources are available from the GPNEN

Full details about the Network are available from the General Practice Nurse Education Network

Celebrate Me: Capturing the voices of learning disability nurses and people who use services

Foundation of Nursing Studies | June 2019| Celebrate Me Capturing the voices of learning disability nurses and people who use services

Celebrate Me Capturing the voices of learning disability nurses and people who use services celebrates the impact of learning disability (LD) nursing and what the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS)  should be championing for the future (to sustain LD nursing). The report includes engagement activities and more details via words
and graphic art, representing what people shared and contributed.
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Full details from Foundation of Nursing Studies



Nursing careers resource

Royal College of Nursing | May 2019 | Nursing careers resource

The Royal College of Nursing and Health Education England have developed a new resource to help registered nurses and the clinical support workforce plan their health careers effectively. 

The resource has been developed to:

  • showcase the different roles within health care via a range of scenarios
  • include a case study and a video or podcast of a registered nurse or clinical support worker currently working in that role
  • enable you to identify an area of practice that you hope to enjoy
  • help you to understand how you might make this change
  • identify what education or training you might need to plan and undertake
  • highlight career options from these roles.

Nursing careers resource

See also: RCN Website launched to help nurses plan their career [press release]

Outstanding Models of District Nursing Report

The Queen’s Nursing Institute | May 2019 | Outstanding Models of District Nursing Report

Outstanding Models of District Nursing Report is a new report from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), it  calls for urgent investment in District Nursing, as new figures show the number of District Nurses working in the NHS has dropped by almost 43 percent in England alone in the last decade.
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The report presents a blueprint for the District Nursing service, it calls for a commitment to investment and training to meet the challenges caused by simultaneous rising patient demand and falling numbers of these highly-qualified staff.

The NHS Long Term Plan has identified the District Nursing service, which provides vital care for people in their own homes and in the community, as a key part of this strategy.

See also:

The Queen’s Nursing Institute [press release] Outstanding Models of District Nursing Report

Royal College of Nursing [press release] Urgent investment in district nursing needed as nurse numbers fall

The Health Foundation: How do you make nursing a more attractive profession?

The Health Foundation | April 2019 | How do you make nursing a more attractive profession?

Professor Linda Aiken from the University of Pennyslvania recently spoke about  how the US has tackled its nursing shortage over the last few decades, allowing nurses to provide the highest quality care while delivering better nurse satisfaction and retention. Her pioneering research has created an evidence base showing the importance of improving nurse work environments. 


Professor Aiken outlines how a nursing shortage was addressed

  •  by improving staffing levels so that nurses had more time to spend with each patient
  • giving nurses more autonomy in their practice
  • more involvement in hospital decision making.
  • rewarding nurses with higher education and created opportunities for career progression.

All those things together, plus increasing demand for nurses which drove up salary levels, helped to make nursing a career to aspire to (Source: The Health Foundation).

Read the full piece from the Health Foundation 

How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

NHS Confederation | April 2019 | How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

In a recent post on NHS Confederation’s blog the chief executive of NHS Employers explains how the new role of nursing associate will  complement the NHS Long Term Plan’s workforce strategy.

The nursing associate role is a regulated part of the workforce which has been developed to bridge the gap between health and care support workers and registered nurses.

This role is intended to complement registered nurses, enabling them to work to their full scope of practice, as well as offer new routes into registered nursing roles.

Although the role is still gathering pace, it has received significant employer interest since its inception in 2015. The number of trainee nursing associates is increasing, and the government has set a target to see 7,500 trainee nursing associate places this year.

When considered as part of a forward-thinking workforce strategy, the nursing associate role offers an opportunity for employers to make the most of current and emerging talent as part of our teams.

Full story at NHS Confederation 

Nursing survey infographic – what do nurses want?

NHS Employers | April 2019 | Nursing survey infographic – what do nurses want?

A new infographic from NHS Employers focuses on what matters most to nurses and student nurses when it comes to recruitment and retention.

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For each of the factors raised by the nurses surveyed, NHS Employers have signposted to some of most relevant resources, to assist employers in considering their approach to each area (Source: NHS England).

The findings are based on data collected at the 2018 Nursing Times Careers Live events.

View and download the A3 infographic.