A new training opportunity for nurses working in boarding schools
The BSA Certificate in Professional Practice for School Nurses
School nurses form a key part of the safeguarding and pastoral care framework within our schools however staff CPD opportunities seldom focus on the key areas to support their professional development. As part of a refocus of the training available through the BSA, we can now offer a standalone Professional Practice Certificate for school medical staff.
New Certificate Course:
This course will link professional practice with current research and best practice to provide a unique opportunity for school nurses, whether working in relative isolation or as part of the medical team, to development their knowledge, skills and practice across a wide range of the key current themes/topics most relevant to their role. In addition, there will be a linked research project which will provide the chance to focus on a specific aspect in more detail.
The course will consist of 5 separate Study Days spread over a full academic year. The sessions on each study day will be a mixture of presentations often with an external expert, and group discussions.
· Day 1: 5th October 2017
o Introductions, Course Assignment & The Reflective Learning Model
o The Nurse’s Role
o The ‘Perfect’ Medical Centre
· Day 2: 1st November
o Health Promotion & Education – Kathy Compton
o PSHE and the School Nurse – PSHE Association
· Day 3: 6th February 2018
o Managing Medicines - Emily Wighton, Specialist Pharmacist, Community Health Services and Palliative Care, Pharmacy Department, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
· Day 4: 23rd April 2018
o Assessment & diagnostic skills for minor illnesses – Dr Becky Pryse, MO Stowe School & MOSA Chair
· Day 5: 12th June
o Legal Issues for School Nurses – Roz Hooper, Principal Legal Officer, Legal Services, Royal College of Nursing
o Course Assignment & Reflection
The course assignment provides course students with an opportunity to focus on a specific area of particular relevance to their school/role. This can range from ‘supporting a student with a complex medical condition; a review of the nursing provision in the school; the development of a new appraisal system; the management of medical records across a whole school; health promotion models; to a student guide to accessing specific support for an emotional health issue.
The assignment will take the form of a 2500 – 3000 word written project which can be an essay or a report which must be submitted by 31st July. These will be assessed by the course tutor and the results published/certificates issued in the early Autumn.
Location – central London
Timings for each study day – 10.30 to 3.30; coffee from 10 am, lunch provided
Cost - £600 which covers all 5 study days, assignment marking and certificates.