Six St Helenian trained nurses will today, Monday 26 September 2016, embark on a BSc (Hons) Nursing Degree with Derby University in the UK. Nurses undertaking the Degree are Annabel Clifford, Donna Clingham, Jayne Adams-Duncan, Latoya Williams, Robyn Bennett and Sue-Ellen Henry (see photo attached).

The course will be studied via distance learning and the nurses are able to select the course content from modules including, Care of the Surgical Patient, Asthma, Diabetes, Leadership & Management in Health & Social Care, Minor Injuries, Advance Concepts in Palliative Care, Infection Control, and Partnerships in Dementia Care.

Hospital Nursing Officer, Lisa Rhodes, said:

“The nurses are showing great commitment for taking on this challenge. Nursing has changed dramatically across the world in the last few years. It is a professional qualification with great responsibility. Nursing requires practical and academic skills.

 “The last two years have been an intense period of practical knowledge and skills training. This course will provide them with the academic ability and critical thinking required to complement their practical knowledge. This will enable them to progress as nurses in their careers.

 “These nurses have come a long way and have had to adjust and upskill rapidly as healthcare provision on the Island has been modernised. We have introduced nurse-led roles to give the nurses more autonomy.”

 All nurses are both nervous and excited but are hoping that, by undertaking this Degree, they will gain more experience and knowledge which they can input into their daily roles.

The course is expected to run for 18 months. Once completed, Annabel, Donna, Jayne, Latoya, Robyn and Sue-Ellen will be able to access Post-Graduate education which will further enhance specialist knowledge and roles.


26 September 2016


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