Advancing contemporary nursing at the end of life
The Lantern Model, made possible with the support of the Florence Nightingale Foundation and the Burdett Trust for Nursing, articulates the unique, vital and skilled role of nurses caring for people who are dying or bereaved and, by highlighting their contribution, makes the case for increased investment in their recruitment, development and retention.
The model is underpinned by a variety of evidence – patient and family views, subjective experience of nurses and a review of the academic literature. It has been generated through extended discussion and engagement with senior nurses with a broad range of nursing experience at the end of life.
Driven by the opportunity to celebrate the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in 2020 we connected with 30 pioneering nurses from around the world who demonstrate key attributes in the work of Florence Nightingale and are driving palliative nursing forward to change the experience of people approaching the end of life.
They are nurses whose stories are inspiring and instructive, in their creative and strategic efforts to shape the face of end of life care at local, national and international levels. We continue to work with them and their colleagues to support their efforts, help them build connections and to learn from them.
Newly Qualified Nurses’ Community of Practice is virtual Community of Practice for newly qualified nurses with a focus on the principles of palliative and end of life care, providing opportunities for shared learning, continuous development and pastoral support.
We have created a Community of Practice for newly qualified nurses to help lay the foundations for the rest of their nursing career. The aim is to help nurses master the principles and practice of palliative and end of life care, so that we can create a growing cohort of nurses to support patients approaching the end of life and their families, throughout their career.