Georgia McDowe, an RN working at Day Webster nursing agency, is this month’s learning champion
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Name: Georgia McDowe
Job title: Registered General Nurse
Where you work: Daywebster Nursing Agency
Favourite unit: Type 2 Diabetes: Prevention, Diagnosis and Management
Planning to do next: Managing Chronic Pain
Why did you choose Nursing Times Learning?
I completed the units for my professional development and in preparation for my nursing revalidation.
What did you most enjoy about the units you completed?
The topics were presented in a clear concise manner. The layout of the topics, the questions and answers and the way it was presented as if you were physically giving the patient care
How has Nursing Times Learning helped you with your professional development?
It has helped me to learn new skills, improve on my skills and also to be more confident in some of the nursing skills in which I was unsure of myself or where I lacked confidence. I was also able to analyse myself and discovered that I knew more than I thought I did in some areas.
Do you think that undertaking a learning unit makes you safer to care?
Definitely. I feel more confident and competent. With this confidence I now want to challenge myself more in putting into practice my skills. Working under guidance until I feel fully ready to do each task on my own. There are many areas in which I am already competent, nonetheless these units will help me to provide safer care as I am now able to assess myself against the newly gained understanding and see when I am not doing something correctly and adjust myself to do it the correct way.
What other areas of Nursing Times do you also benefit from?
I benefit from the newsletters. I also often look at articles in the clinical archive and read about latest developments in nursing etc
Do you use your Learning Passport?
Yes, I did use the Learning Passport. I was able to save the units as I completed a unit and tally all the points gained. It was useful to keep track of the units so as to not repeat a unit twice unless I genuinely wanted to redo the unit. I liked the fact that each unit generated a certificate.
The set pass marks were high but I was not particularly bothered, because with a high pass mark it shows that I must have understood the topic to a high standard in order to be able to pass.
Also even if I didn’t pass, it allowed me to redo it again until I did pass; which means again that it forces you to learn the topic well. I was also able to save the certificates and print them at a later date.
How has Nursing Times Learning helped you prepare for revalidation?
Part of the requirement for nursing revalidation is CPD which can be achieved through online learning. This has to be learning topics of tasks which we perform in our jobs. Nursing Times provided most of the topics that I needed to do as online learning. Coincidentally most of the topics were the things I do in my day to day role as a nurse.
What could we do to improve the service to support you better?
In all honesty the service is good. I could not pinpoint any faults, except for a few setbacks I had in logging into the website when I first started the units. Providing more topics would be good, such as tracheostomy care and management, CPAP management, NIV etc. These topics could serve as a refresher especially for people like myself who has done these care in the past but are not actively doing them now.
Would you recommend Nursing Times Learning to your colleagues?
Yes, I would definitely recommend Nursing Time Learning Units to my colleague and in fact I have already done so. I have told them it is the best place for short courses to develop your nursing skills as well to prepare your online learning requirements for revalidation. I have told them that the topics are detailed and provide learning in a virtual understanding manner.