Training tomorrow’s experts
The course is designed to cover the day to day patient care and management issues faced by NNS’s. Whilst being essentially practical in nature, any learning will be underpinned by the relevant theory wherever possible.
NNS’s will develop their knowledge from listening to and learning from the course teachers and from each other through participation and discussion throughout the whole course. To aid in this, teaching will be informal and fluid allowing students to ask questions in an informal and non-threatening environment.
The role of the NNS is varied, often determined by the establishment in which they work. Not every student
who applies for this course will be undertaking all of the aspects of the role which are covered. However, as both the individual NNS and their working environment grows and changes, so might the role they are expected to fulfil. Therefore although not all NNS’s may be placing catheters for PN, or placing nasal bridles currently, this may be something that in the future it will be helpful to have knowledge of.
As this is essentially a practical course we have decided not to apply for academic validation at this time. This also allows us to keep the cost of attending low, and any written work required by the students to a minimum.
Supply of Training Aids
We provide hospitals with a contribution for textbooks and training manikins. Please email Lynne Colagiovanni or use the website contact page for more information.
Pamela Harris Medal Lecture
The Pamela Harris Lecture will have a new home at the BAPEN Annual Conference this year. As in previous years we are looking for nurses to submit an abstract which details a piece of work where the primary focus is patient care or management. An educational grant to attend the Conference is available. Further details and how to apply are available here.
2015 The inaugural lecture was given by Kurt Boeykens at the NNNG Conference in His lecture, ‘Reliability of pH measurement and the auscultatory method to confirm position of a nasogastric tube‘, was thought-provoking and well received.
2016 Mia Small, Consultant Nurse in Intestinal Failure & Nutrition at London & Northwest Healthcare Trust. Mia presented her winning work,’Harnessing innovative pump technology to improve the experience and outcomes of patients receiving home parenteral nutrition‘. An abstract of Mia’s work is available to view here.
2017 Margaret Collins, Nutrition Nurse Specialist from Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospitals, who presented her work, ‘Keeping the home in homeostasis‘. An abstract of Margaret’s work is available to view here.
2018 Winner, Elaine Trautner, Nutrition Nurse Specialist, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, who presented her work, ‘Buried Bumper Syndrome‘. An abstract of Elaine’s work is available to view here.