This article is old – Publication: Thursday August 3, 2017
Health chiefs and university professors are promoting a district nursing course that will meet increased demand and develop community staff.
The Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing) program at the University of Wrexham Glyndwr was established in partnership with the Welsh government and annually trains community nurses in North Wales.
The vast majority of students leave the two-year qualification after being promoted from their existing community nurse role to that of district workload nurse (band 6) – with the likelihood of further personal development and many are returning to complete their Masters in Community Specialized Practice.
Locality matrons Jayne Sankey and Liz Grieve are responsible for 25 teams of district nurses in North East Wales and Denbighshire, and work closely with Program Manager Alison Williams – recipient of the Queen’s Nurse Award last year – and keynote speaker Victoria Graham to shape the program.
This industry-led ethic is part of Wrexham Glyndwr’s mission statement and helps fill a national shortage of district nurses.
âThere is a demand for district nurses because there are more and more people with complex needs in our communities who need to receive quality nursing care at home,â said Liz.
âOur workload has increased by 20% in the space of a year, so there is a need for more support and qualified district nurses. “
âWe are planning closely with the University because we know what areas we will really need positions in and that helps shape the course so that it is fully relevant to the issues we are facing and the work they will be doing.
âWe are looking at our future service and how it fits the academic side – it prepares them and prepares them. “
Alison echoed these points and added, âThe local matrons of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council (BCUHB) and the District Nursing Program team are working closely together to shape the course and ensure that it closely matches the requirements of clinical practice â.
The “cradle to grave” ethic of district nursing has never changed, according to Jayne, but the form of treatment has changed, which is why the district nursing program needs to be at the forefront of it. evolution of the service to reflect changing support needs. people in their own communities and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.
“The elements of the job have never changed, the fact that the communities in North Wales are pretty tight-knit and everyone will know who the nurse is, for example,” she said.
“But then the treatment changed a lot and keeps changing, so they really have to be on the cutting edge and keep up with the developments.”
Jayne added, âThis is why working with the University of Wrexham Glyndwr is so important to us, and seeing these nurses graduate from this course and grow in their careers. “
Vicky Roberts, from Mold, is a student who progressed after earning her Bachelor of Science degree. She spent 10 years at Mold Hospital before becoming a community nurse in 2014.
The 35-year-old nurse was recently promoted and looks forward to a bright future in the department.
âWe treat many complex patients with complex needs and this course gives you a better idea of ââhow to manage them,â she said.
âI really enjoyed my time here and can’t wait to put everything I learned into practice.
The students all produced a poster demonstrating innovation in practice in the program and this was recently celebrated at the University of Wrexham Glyndwr with managers and community staff in attendance to share student success.
For more information about the course, visit the Wrexham Glyndwr University website.
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