RCN launches education strategy
The three-year strategy includes the creation of an education portal to help nursing staff meet mandatory annual training requirements.
The RCN’s education strategy, developed in partnership with RCNi, aims to provide professional leadership, education, personal development, clinical and research opportunities that will boost training and development for all members of the nursing workforce.
It’s being launched following extensive consultation with RCN members in a series of webinars that took place last summer. The plans include creation of a new education portal to enable easy access to existing as well as new training materials, templates, and resources. Here RCN members will be able to access education and workforce guidance, standard setting, bitesize and larger modules of learning.
The courses on offer will carry Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points and count towards mandatory annual training requirements. The larger modules will offer academic credits.
There will be information on events, careers fairs attendance and advice, along with a portfolio and decision-making tools, creating an RCN education centre of excellence, using innovative delivery methods through face-to-face, blended, online, virtual, digital, and practice-based learning.
RCN will also develop and expand existing accreditation and credentialing schemes to increase recognition of the RCN as a standards-setting organisation.
Nichola Ashby, RCN head of professional learning and development, said: “This strategy sets out how we intend to provide education, learning and development for members at every stage of their working lives and beyond, enabling progressive career support and learning to ensure each day is seen as a learning day for every member.”
Rachel Armitage, managing director of RCNi, said: “This collaboration puts our organisations at the front of nursing education for many years to come. Today’s nursing staff and those who follow in the next decade will learn in radically different ways to their predecessors. The education we provide will have something for every nursing professional to advance their career and get on in nursing as the profession increasingly pushes new boundaries.”