Nurses gain leadership skills through CD-RomOn 18 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today A massive NHS e-learning project is set to help up to 40,000 nurses improvethe way they deal with stress, manage conflict and become better leaders. The Nursing Leadership Project was developed to help nurses adapt to theirchanging role in hospitals, which now goes far beyond treating patients. The NHS is to begin actively promoting the programme this month with 10,000CD-Roms being distributed across the UK. David Dawes, the NHS’s e-learning development manager, said: “Nursesare at the frontline and have to handle patients on a daily basis, deal withconflict, adapt to constant change and cope with all sorts of challenges. “By providing them with proper leadership training, we can help them tobe more effective in their jobs and improve the overall patientexperience.” More than 70 per cent of registered nurses have access to the internet andtraining can be carried out in flexible chunks, either at home or work. At just52p per user, it represents a fraction of the cost of traditionalclassroom-based training and allows nurses to improve their skills, withoutimpacting on critical NHS staffing levels. The national promotion follows a successful pilot scheme last year wheresuppliers Skillsoft filled 400 places in under three weeks, without having toadvertise. “The average age of volunteers was 41, with 10 per cent over 50. Thiscontradicts the assumption that only younger people feel comfortable learningelectronically,” said Dawes. Feedback after the pilot showed that 69 per cent of students could givepractical examples of how they applied the learning, while 85 per cent saidthey would recommend it to colleagues. Around 5,000 nurses have already completed the course since it was launchedat the end of last year and Dawes expects this to increase to 20,000 by thesummer and 40,000 by the end of 2004. By Ross Wighamwww.nursingleadership.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.