Lena Elkman
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New online resource to support nurses

Lena Elkman
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26 Jan 2017

Bloodwise is creating an eLearning resource aimed at junior ward nurses and new starters involved in supporting people with blood cancer, in order to equip them with a better understanding of blood cancer nursing practices- ultimately improving patient care.

Image of a male nurse using a laptop

What are we doing?

Bloodwise is creating an eLearning resource aimed at junior ward nurses and new starters involved in supporting people with blood cancer. The online course will cover basic concepts in haemto-oncology, such as blood cell division, the different types of blood cancer and related disorders, common complications and emergencies, clinical trials, and providing emotional support and signposting. We hope that nurses completing the course will gain important practical skills so they can feel more confident in providing patients with the highest possible quality of care. The course also includes a discussion forum, which allows the opportunity for shared learning and communication between different nurses and hospitals.

Why are we doing it?

A number of discussions took place at our Nursing Advisory Panel (NAP) meetings about the challenges the blood cancer nurse workforce face. The NAP is group of Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) from around the UK that we regularly engage with, who support and advise Bloodwise in our commitment to deliver the most beneficial patient support. The NAP highlighted that due to the changing nature of treatments, many more blood cancer patients are living with their blood cancer, and coming into hospital as outpatients - therefore the inpatients cared for by nurses on the wards  are often much sicker and require more complex care, so nurses need an increasingly high level of knowledge and skill. This online course aims to tackle this problem by equipping junior ward nurses and new starters with a better understanding of blood cancer nursing practices to improve patient care.

Where are we at?

The course content has been written and reviewed by experts in the haemato-oncolgy nursing field. We are now in the process of uploading and testing the site on which it will sit. We are also applying to have the course accredited by the Royal College of Nursing. In the UK, nurses must revalidate their license every few years- which involves demonstrating that they are keeping up to date with current best practice guidelines outside of what they learn at hospital, so this will be a fantastic tool they can use to go towards revalidation.  We plan to have the course live by early March, and will be readily available for nurses to look at during our Shared Learning Conference.

Want to know more?

Please get in touch with me at lelkman@bloodwise.org.uk if you’d like more information.