About the Nightingale Challenge
In 2020/21 The Nursing and Midwifery Council particpated in the Nightingale Challenge – the great global movement to develop emerging leaders in nursing and midwifery.
About the Nightingale Challenge
The Nightingale Challenge asks every health employer around the world to provide leadership and development training for a group of nurses and midwives (aged 35 or under) during 2020 and 2021.
Why now? 2020 has been declared by the World Health Organisation as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. 2020 also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale: nurse, innovator, reformer and leader of improved health care. Due to the impact of COVID-19 in 2021, the Challenge was extended to 2021.
Find out more on Nursing Now’s website or download the Nightingale Challenge flyer.
In 2021 we ran two programs as part of the Nightingale Challenge, the Professional Regulation in Practice Program (PRiPP) and the Regulation in Leadership Program (RLP).
The Professional Regulation in Practice Program
Thirteen nurses and midwives had a three-day learning experience with the Council that focused on the standards that guide nursing and midwifery professional practice, as well as the NSW complaints process. The aim of the experience was to increase participants' capacity to lead in practical settings through a deeper understanding of the law, systems and processes that regulate nursing and midwifery. This knowledge is vital for those in leadership roles, particularly for the key areas of staff management, clinical decision-making and complaint/performance management.
Participants rated the Program an average 4.5 out of 5 stars!
Below are some thoughts on the Program from participants.
"I have a far greater understanding of the NMC and the professional practice program after completing the PRiPP. I have been so impressed at the systems and processes in place and how they protect the public while still ultimately providing support to the practitioner to return to normal practice where possible. The focus on patient safety and practitioner support is commendable and reassuring."
"It has certainly helped me better understand my role as a manager in the performance management process and how involving NMC earlier can be helpful for all involved."
"Although I have been a nurse and midwife for very many years (and thought I knew what the NMC did), I have learnt so much. The program benefits nurses/midwives by enhancing their knowledge of the systems in place to support patient safety and ensure the high standard of clinical practice expected by patients and practitioners."
"It has given me much more awareness of how, when and to whom to report unsafe practice."
"It encourages reflection on your own practice and on the culture in your workplace. I think it also disperses some fears associated with being reported to the council or reporting another staff member."
The Regulation in Leadership Program
Kristen Bennie and Andrew Bailey, two NSW Registered Nurses, undertook a three-month secondment with the Council where they took part in a wide range of activities, spanning all aspects of the Council. Armed with an enhanced perspective and deeper knowledge of the regulation of nurses and midwives, Kristen and Andrew each developed a project to implement in their substantive workplace that embeds a stronger understanding and application of the nursing and midwifery professional standards.
Kristen is the Clinical Nurse Educator for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and her project, 'Mitigating risk through regulation', aims to create a framework that assists in minimising harm and mitigating risk through regulation. Andrew, who is the Community and Allied Health Manager at Mid North Cost Local Health District, developed a project called 'Accountability through Performance', which aims to ensure his team takes responsibility for their own professional development through self-reflection against the professional standards. In the short video below, Andrew and Kristen reflect on the benefits of the experience and share how it has enhanced their leadership.
Interested in future programs?
We’ll provide updates on this page about any future programs. The good news is you can express your interest in taking part in one of our future programs now! Our leadership and development programs might be right for you if you want to:
- learn how regulation informs you daily work and can be used to improve practice
- have opportunities for professional networking
- improve your ability to recognise of risks and intervene early
- learn how to develop cultures of safety
- gain continuing professional development.
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