Practice Education Conference
16/06/2014The assessment of nurses in practice and support for new nurses and midwives were the key issues at the first-ever conference for nursing staff in practice education held recently in Portadown.
The event was organised by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and attracted 190 nurses, midwives and nursing students from across Northern Ireland.
Francis Rice, Executive Director of Nursing at the Trust, said: “Nursing and midwifery mentors have an important role in the development of our nursing staff. Mentors oversee the assessment of students on the hospital ward and when treating patients in their own homes and are vital to ensuring safe and effective care. The mentor is an important role in delivering care and treatment and is often seen as the ‘gatekeeper’ to the nursing and midwifery profession."
Dr Kathleen Duffy, a Nursing and Midwifery Practice Educator with NHS Education for Scotland, presented findings from her research which contributed to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards to support learning and assessment in practice. Dr Duffy compared her initial research to subsequent research, and discussed mentor preparation, training and support, student assessments, and partnership working.
Maggie Bennett, Teaching Fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast; Dr Kathleen Duffy, Nursing and Midwifery Practice Educator with NHS Education for Scotland; Roberta Brownlee, Chair of the Southern Trust, and Jacinta Lynch, Lecturer at the University of Ulster; (standing) Lynn Fee, Assistant Director of Nursing for Workforce Development and Training; Marie Doran, Deputy Head of Health Visiting and School Nursing; Elizabeth Treacy McCusker, second year Adult Nursing Student; Francis Rice, Executive Director of Nursing; and Dawn Ferguson, Practice Education Co-ordinator