Return to Practice Course of the Year - Student Nursing Times Awards 2018
As a significant proportion of nurses and midwives approach retirement age, the UK faces a nursing shortage. Return to practice courses are an essential way of bringing nurses and midwives back into the workforce, but adult learners or those who have been out of the profession and practice for a while need support to refresh and update their knowledge and skills. Judges will be looking for a course that will help smooth nurses’ or midwives’ route back into their profession and help them quickly and easily get up to speed with modern practice, however long they have been away.
What are the judges looking for?
An outstanding educational institution offering a return to practice nursing course that demonstrates excellence in:
- Providing an educational environment that nurtures and develops talent of adult learners who are already qualified nurses or midwives;
- Taking a flexible approach to study, which accommodates students’ lifestyle demands outside of study, including work;
- Understanding how to help students revise established methods of teaching;
- Introducing students to unfamiliar practices and techniques now used in healthcare;
- Providing comprehensive coverage of legal and ethical issues in nursing, including adhering to the NMC Code;
- Appreciating the current healthcare landscape and system, including treatment and support of the contemporary patient who has a greater awareness of their disease or condition;
- Recruiting teaching staff who inspire, enthuse and motivate as well as educate;
- Providing resources that give students scope to consolidate their academic training;
- Developing teaching methods that enrich students’ learning experience and deepen understanding;
- Supporting nurses and midwives both emotionally and practically during their course of study through guidance and coaching;
- Developing and upholding the professionalism of nurses;
- Providing career advice and practical guidance.
Please attach any supporting evidence to your application that you feel is relevant. This can include testimonials, student feedback or student evaluations or any other appropriate evidence.
If you are shortlisted for this award, you will be invited to attend our offices to present to the judges with one or two of your student(s), who may be interviewed separately.