Congratulations on graduating as a registered nurse and securing your first job on Ward 3 Kings Lodge at London Road Community Hospital, a specialist neuro rehabilitation unit providing MDT neurological rehabilitation. This is where you will start learning skills specific to the speciality, consolidate previous learning and gain confidence in your abilities as an independent healthcare professional.
There is support available for you as a newly qualified nurse in Preceptorship; a period of time where you will be working with a Preceptor who might be a person you choose or be allocated to. The Preceptor is an experienced registered nurse who is in the best position to guide and facilitate support. They will help you to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned so far and advise you on how they can be developed further in the practice setting. Identifying your training needs is an important aspect of your new role.
Your Preceptor will help you identify learning and development objectives, and give general guidance on:
- Department structure, communication and Trust expectations
- Resources available to develop personal and professional skills
- Developing clinical competencies and delivering safe, best practice
- Continued professional development (CPD)
- Team working
- Increasing exposure to more complex issues such as discharges, promoting independence, neurological rehabilitation
- Support in situations not encountered before
- Enabling and supporting others
In your role as an independent nurse, you will have the opportunity to learn something new every day. Remember this is a different relationship than that of a student with a mentor. Completion of your preceptorship package provides evidence for personal and professional portfolios, and a foundation on which to develop your future career. You will need two documents:
- Trust Newly Qualified Interprofessional Preceptorship Package and
- A local preceptorship pack
Visit the ‘in depth’ tab to find out more about the specific skills and knowledge that will be monitored during your preceptorship year.
We look forward to welcoming you to the team. Please do not hesitate to contact the professional development team if you need anything else.
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Specific skills & knowledge – London Road Community Hospital
The following skills will be monitored by your preceptor during your period of preceptorship. Some of the goals may be quickly achieved and others may take longer.
Your preceptor should be satisfied that you understand the following:
- Patient advocacy. Awareness of the issues and the nurses role.
- Tissue viability and appropriate action to take dependent on Waterlow score
- Falls assessment and prevention
- Dysphasia Awareness
- Awareness of main uses of oxygen therapy
- Maintaining the patient’s airway and performing suction
- Performing catheterisation (male if appropriate) and bladder scanning
- Handover specific to Care of the Older Person
- Care planning specific to the Older Person
End of life & bereavement
- Caring for patients at end of life
- Caring for the needs of friends and relatives
- Preparing the deceased patients body
- Knowing the procedure at LRCH
- Completing documentation following death
- Complex discharge planning specific to rehabilitation/care of the older person
- Observe and lead MDT meeting
- Planning and delivering care for patients suffering from Dementia
- Understand medical cover system at LRCH