Engaging and developing front-line clinical nurses to drive care excellence: Evaluating the Chief Nurse Excellence in Care Junior Fellowship initiative

Louise Bramley, Joseph C. Manning, Joanne Cooper

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    Abstract

    Background
    Global challenges in the development of a highly skilled and motivated nursing workforce, jeopardises the delivery of high quality care. Flexible and innovative workforce solutions are required to overcome these challenges.
    Aims
    To describe the implementation and present the preliminary evaluation of a bespoke initiative called the ‘Chief Nurse Excellence in Care Junior Fellow’ designed to develop foundational clinical and academic skills of frontline junior clinical staff.
    Methods
    This initiative was developed and piloted at a large, inner-city, acute NHS Trust. The initiative involved two main components: a bespoke development programme and an improvement project that was supported by clinical and academic mentors. The initiative was evaluated using structured feedback, case studies, and data on dissemination activities.
    Results
    Six fellows completed the first cohort of the initiative that commenced in the spring 2016. Results showed positive impact on professional development relating to the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. Case studies of projects showed demonstrable impact on patient experience, outcomes and cost savings. Wider organisation and NHS impact was demonstrated through multiple dissemination activities.
    Conclusion
    This preliminary evaluation provides evidence that this initiative is a sustainable, clinically driven career development opportunity at a foundational level with demonstrable positive impact on care and staff development. Further work is underway to carry out a longitudinal structure, process and outcome evaluation with particular focus on impact.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)678-689
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Research in Nursing
    Volume23
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

    Keywords

    • chief nurse
    • clinical academic careers
    • clinical research
    • evidence-based practice
    • structural empowerment
    • talent management
    • transformational leadership

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Research and Theory

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