Mentor newly registered nurses in their first 12 months of practice
Meet the team
- Network of senior nurses will be formalised as project structures is developed
What is the challenge your project is going to address and how does it connect to the theme?
Covid has put unprecedented demands on NHS healthcare and its workforce and newly registered nurses often feel unsupported and the NHS risks losing the nursing workforce of its future. Indicative data reported by the Florence Nightingale Foundation in conjunction with the Nursing Times and UNISON to shine a light on Preceptorship – Florence Nightingale Foundation (florence-nightingale-foundation.org.uk, 4 February 2022) confirms a high percentage of registered nurses report that workplace pressures affect access to preceptorship compounded by a shortage of preceptors.
This project will enhance face to face support in clinical practice. Weavr, a private social digital platform will provide professional support. A search function will connect newly registered adult nurses in their first 12 months of clinical practice to a network of senior nurses who have extensive clinical experience from a wide range of acute and community multi-specialty adult settings. Enabling the sharing of different perspectives of nursing will providing mutual benefit and support.
What does your project aim to achieve?
This project will provide a platform for newly registered nurses within the first 12 months of clinical practice to reach out to a network of senior nurses for professional support outside of their workplace.
Supportive open and honest communication will help to provide professional guidance. In doing so, self-worth and confidence will improve, helping beneficiaries to explore options to develop clinical knowledge and experience in their current role and widen their thinking as they look towards career development options in the future.
This project will close the gap for newly registered nurses who due to pressure in the workplace, feel unsupported, with many seeking to leave their profession.
How will the project be delivered?
A website will define the aims of the group, and include a governing document.
‘NewlyQualifiedNurses – We’re Here For You’ has been registered as a CIO with the Charity Commission.
Beneficiaries will sign up as new members and agree to the rules (eligibility to become a member, how membership can be ended, how a membership would end if a beneficiary behaved in ways inconsistent with the rules and values of the group).
Members will be invited to access the link to Weavr, where a network of senior nurses with extensive and diverse clinical and managerial experience will be ready to give their support.
Set up and maintenance costs will be low, and the support network will be voluntary, with nil cost for membership.
Members will be asked for their feedback on the service provided by the network which will help to assess the quality of service provided, and shape future development.
How is your project going to share learning?
Data will be collected to include membership numbers and membership feedback regarding the quality of the service. Suggestions for future service development will be shared with Q members.
Weavr, the digital platform will enable the project to visualise how the structure of the group is developing and how well members are connecting with each other.
The traditional model of mentorship with mentor and mentee will be examined. Analysis of the project will help to understand whether using a digital platform has enabled the model of reverse mentorshiphttp://www.mindtools.com whereby the sharing of experiences and knowledge within the group irrespective of seniority has helped to empower and support its members and whether has encouraged professional friendships.
This project will have the potential to be replicated more widely and analysis of this information will be shared with Q members and the wider system across the UK and Ireland.
How you can contribute
- Highlight what is good and what might need further work
- Generate potential solutions and suggestions for further exploration
- Help to draw connections with other existing priorities, e.g. local or national
- Sharing technical expertise for best ways to promote project, if it is accepted by Q Community, on social media, i.e. twitter, and/or other social media platforms.
- If the project is accepted by the Q Community, offers from other Q members to collaborate with project either now, or in the longer term would be invaluable.
|14 Mar 2022||Convert idea with suggested amendments for improvement week commencing 14/3/2022|
|20 Mar 2022||Submit proposal and await decision|