Laurels Lodge Care Home in Aberdeen was visited by Professor Fiona McQueen Scotland's Chief Nursing Officer on Thursday 13th July, along with representatives of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Robert Gordon University.
The visit is one of the launch events for “Nursing 2030”, which sets out what nursing in Scotland needs to look like by then.
Professor McQueen met with Sheila Gesma, Home Manager and nurses, student nurses and mentors.
Laurels Lodge, which provides nursing, specialised dementia care and respite care, accepts student nurse placements as part of their training, including students from Robert Gordon University.
Four Seasons Health Care, which runs the home, has a programme to provide trainee nurses with effective workplace training. It has mentors who support and guide student nurses and a preceptorship programme to support newly qualified nurses, helping them to translate the theory learned in the classroom into practice in a real-life care situation. It has also recently set up a Nurse Academy to support further education and career development of its nurses.
Sheila Gesma, Home Manager, said: “Nurses in a care home are an important part of a close team of health and social care professionals. They tend to form longer term relationships with the people entrusted into their care than those working in acute hospitals. Caring for people in the later stages of their lives can be challenging but it is personally satisfying. Every day our nurses and carers will do something they can be proud of.
The company also has a programme to train outstanding care workers as Senior Nursing Care Assistants, who can support nurses with routine procedures such as taking blood pressure.
Date published: 15 September 2017