NET 16 Conference

The Nurse Education Today (NET)  international conference is firmly established as one of the leading annual participative conferences for networking in healthcare education. NET 2016, provided a great opportunity for both our staff and students to share research, innovation and the latest ideas and experiences that the school is involved in with a wide range of colleagues from across the UK and overseas.

Not only did students from the School win the Award for Best First-time Presenters, see

but also a number of staff presented their work to other healthcare professionals in order to reflect on, discuss and debate their findings.

Amongst those contributing was David Hunter, lecturer in Adult Health, who presented the findings of his Professional Doctorate which has explored student nurses’ experience of compassionate care in the Emergency Department. David found that student’s describe compassionate care as ‘doing the little things’ such as making a patient a cup of tea. The students had witnessed compassionate care in the Emergency Department despite the challenges posed such as limited time to interact with patients or dealing with patients under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Mark Gillespie, a lecturer from our Mental Health Team, in a talk titled “The Elephant in the Treatment Room; the influence of nursing assistants on the clinical development of student mental health nurses.”  also presented and discussed the findings from his recent study which he is completing as part of his Doctorate in Education.

Margaret Brown from Alzheimer Centre for Policy and Practice and Anna Waugh from our Mental Health team presented on their ongoing work with the Scottish National Dementia Champions project with their presentation titled “Educational Theory into Practice: Interprofessional education for health and social care staff on improving care of people with dementia in general hospitals.”  In addition to reporting upon the ongoing research into this NHS Education Scotland, SSSC and Alzheimer’s Scotland  programme, Anna presented for the first time on her Professional Doctorate study, “A Grounded Theory of the Learning Experienced by the Participants of the Dementia Champions Programme – Work so far.”

Adult Lecturer Cate O’Kane presented the results of an evaluation she carried out with her collegues Jacqueline White and Jan Meechie, last year on the use of Kuracloud in pre-registration nursing. This team found that students engaged well with a cloud based package, which challenges their thinking through the knowledge tests and it promotes independent learning. There was some good feedback from this presentation with one attendee telling Cate about an application that could be adopted that would allow the lecturer can be on line and remotely support class engagement.

Susan Rae and Claire Bellingham, also Lecturers in Adult Heath, presented, ‘Facebook: friend or foe to the student nurse’.  Social media is an integral part of many students’ lives and indeed is increasingly used within health and social care.  With the Nursing and Midwifery Council revising its guidance on using social media responsibly in 2015 it was an ideal time to introduce Facebook and related educational materials into the first year BSc Nursing undergraduate programme.  Susan and Claire presented the evaluation of this initiative.  Some interesting results included 88% of the students finding that using Facebook within the Nursing programme assisted them in identifying the advantages and disadvantages of its use, whilst 70% found it useful in discussing specific interests. The presentation prompted some very interesting discussion amongst delegates including whether professional and private lives can be separated on social media. Susan and Claire are planning to do further work on this in the future.

All of our contributors had extensive opportunity to network with a range of healthcare and academic colleagues taking time to raise the profile of the innovative practice and the research that is happening here in our School.