Lena Elkman
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Nurse eLearning update

Lena Elkman
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29 Mar 2017

Next week we start piloting our haemato-oncology nursing course at two hospital sites.

screenshot of course page

A bit about the course

As you may be aware, we have created an eLearning resource aimed at ward nurses and new starters involved in supporting people with blood cancer. 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 can also be used to help nurses meet their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for revalidation.

The course is up and running so please do have a look at it:

https://nurseeducationresource.bloodwise.org.uk/

Feedback so far

We have received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback at the idea of this resource, particularly because nothing like it exists. Members of our Nurses Network have said that the course will act as key learning resource that nurses can complete relatively quickly and easily. With the ever increasing strain on the NHS, nurses can find it difficult to have time to attend external training days to meet their CPD requirements. Some members have even said they plan to make the course mandatory for their staff.

Next steps

We are running a formal pilot programme at one District General Hospital (DGH) in Essex and one large teaching hospital in London, where ward nurses will be asked to complete one module per week for 10 weeks. We hope that we can pick up any bugs or issues through this pilot. Once the course is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing, we plan to engage with more nurses around the UK who can disseminate the course to their staff.

Can you help?

If you are a healthcare professional working in haemato-oncology and haven’t already, we’d be grateful if you could complete our survey to further assess if our aims for this project are being met.

We are also calling for members of the haemato-oncology nursing workforce that are involved in training ward nurses and new starters, such as Clinical Nurse Educators or Practice Facilitators, to get in touch. We have created this training course in order to support the work of haemato-oncology educators around the UK, but we also want to support this group in all aspects of their work.  For this reason we are looking to set up a Haemato-Oncology Nurse Educator Network to encourage sharing of experiences, learnings and resources.  This group would be instrumental in spreading the word about the current course and letting us know about any needs we might be able to support with in the future.  If you, or any other nurses that you know would be interested in this then please get in touch with me on lelkman@bloodwise.org.uk.