4Words that should be familiar to us all: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment…’The 6 C’s’, championed by our chief nursing officer for England, Jane Cummings.
These words depict and encompass the everyday values and behaviours for nurses across the country aiming to consistently evaluate, improve and deliver a service that we feel just for our patients.
The Department of Health (2012) recognises that for this vision to become a reality, organisational cultures must exhibit strong correlations between good leadership and compassionate, caring attitudes, putting the patient at the centre of it all. In combination, this allows teams of nurses across St. George’s to thrive toward providing some of the highest quality of care in the country.
Here at St. George’s, we want to incorporate these values into the recruitment process, ensuring we employ and develop a skilled, caring and compassionate workforce for the future. We believe that by creating a culture of education, support and development, the hospitals future will be one of success, change and good workforce retention.
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Newly registered nurses who take substantial posts within St Georges’ Trust are automatically enrolled onto the 6 month Preceptorship programme. They are allocated a Preceptor by their manager and have monthly meetings with their Preceptor to review their progress and discuss any concerns that they might have. The Lead Nurse for Preceptorship is also available to support them during this time.
The nurses are booked onto four mandatory study days especially designed for Preceptees -Preceptee Clinical Observations and Medicine Management, Preceptee Harm Free Care, Preceptee Work Life Balance and Teamwork and Preceptee Professionalism and Development. On the study days they have the opportunity to meet other nurses newly registered with the NMC and have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on their progress. The Lead Nurse for Preceptorship also facilitates regular Reflective Workshops where the Preceptees are able to attend and reflect on situations away from the work environment amongst their peers.
What is Preceptorship? “A period of structured transition for the newly registered practitioner during which he or she will be supported by the preceptor, to develop their confidence as an autonomous professional, refine skills, values and behaviours and to continue on their journey of life -long learning” (Department of Health 2010)
To be eligible to be a nurse Preceptor you mustbe Band 5 or above and have a minimum of 12 months experience post registration.