Rennie Grove Hospice Care has launched a brand new recruitment programme in response to the national shortage of nurses and the increasing demand for its unique service.
The ‘Preceptorship Programme’ is aimed at newly-qualified nurses (NQNs) and provides a year-long structured induction and training programme in providing specialist palliative care in patients’ homes.
Working alongside members of the charity’s experienced 90-strong nursing team, the post holders will gain new skills and knowledge in end-of-life care in a community setting. They’ll also work closely with other healthcare providers, such as GPs, consultants, District Nurses and clinicians from other hospice charities.
Rennie Grove Director of Nursing and Clinical Services, Sue Varvel, explains: “This is a real departure for Rennie Grove because in over 30 years of caring we have always looked to recruit nurses with experience in either palliative care or community nursing. In the last year or so we have begun to see the effects of the national shortage in nurses on our own recruitment and so we decided we must make a bold move to ensure we are prepared to meet future demand for our services.”
During their year-long mentoring process, NQNs or ‘preceptees’ will learn to recognise common symptoms and anticipate changes in a patient’s condition. Under supervision, they will perform basic clinical procedures and assist with developing individualised care plans in conjunction with the patient and their family.
Initially just two NQNs will be taken on as part of a pilot project, but the charity hopes to be able to extend its offer in the future. Successful candidates will work to structured shift patterns on a rota basis from Monday to Sunday as part of Rennie Grove’s 24/7 responsive service, providing care in patients’ homes at any time of the day or night. They will also join the charity’s night team on a minimum of one overnight shift during their 12-month programme.
For more details of Rennie Grove’s Preceptorship Programme email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01494 877200.