Three Staff Nurses of the General Hospital � Donna Clingham, Jayne Adams-Duncan, and Sue-Ellen Henry � have successfully passed their final Extended Literature Review (Dissertation) module of their BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies top-up degree, which they started in January 2017.
Donna's modules included 'Ethical & Legal Issues in Health and Social Care', 'Leadership & Management', 'Minor Injuries', and 'Mentoring'. Donna said:
Having completed the degree course, it has made me think and question my, and others', approach to nursing by looking at evidence-based practice. This includes questions such as 'is this the right way to perform a task?' or 'can we do it differently to improve patient care?'
Having already specialised in anaesthetic, scrub, and recovery nursing, I would like to think that my nursing degree will help me to gain further experiences in intensive care and airway management.
I also feel proud having done this course while working full-time and being a mother of two children.
Jayne's modules consisted of 'Mentoring in Practice', 'Minor Injuries', 'Therapeutic & Diagnostic Reasoning', and 'Infection Prevention & Control'. Jayne said:
I feel that, although I was reluctant to do this course at first, I was glad I persevered with the modules. It not only gave me the knowledge and understanding of various nursing approaches, but I have also gained confidence in myself with my approach to nursing and how I converse with patients. Overall, the course was challenging, especially alongside full-time employment and being a parent. However, having the support from family and friends definitely pushed me and I now feel great relief having passed and, for the moment, no more studying!
Sue-Ellen's modules included 'Diabetes', 'Advance Concept in Palliative Care', and 'Asthma'. Sue-Ellen said:
Having completed the degree, I feel a sense of relief but also satisfaction knowing that my hard work has paid off. I now look forward to working towards becoming a Diabetic Nurse based in the Acute Clinical Setting of the General Hospital. Being a mother, having a full time job, and studying, has at times been difficult, but it has all been worth the challenge now that I have passed.
SHG has prioritised the development of critical staff and has supported the Health Directorate in providing the opportunity to our nurses to learn and develop. SHG, the Public Health Committee, and the Health Directorate, are proud of Donna, Jayne, and Sue-Ellen for their achievement and congratulate them for their success, hard work, and dedication.
Three Staff Nurses from the original intake are still completing the course, while eight more Nurses have since started.
Source: St Helena Government