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The Lantern Model of Nursing

The Lantern Model of Nursing

A new model of nursing dedicated to palliative and end of life care

4 January 2021


Prompted by the prospect of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and almost two years in the making, we’re launching the first new nursing model in two decades for palliative and end of life care, with a series of four webinars featuring an outstanding selection of speakers.

The Lantern Model articulates the unique, vital and skilled role of nurses caring for people who are dying or bereaved and, by highlighting their huge contribution, makes the case for increased investment in their recruitment, development and retention.

St Christopher’s Hospice Joint Chief Executive, Heather Richardson, and Marie Cooper, Project Lead for Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing in 2020 have produced the model with the support of the Florence Nightingale Foundation and the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

The model is named after the Lantern Flower, an exceptionally resilient plant that brings colour to often barren landscapes

In the same way as we developed the Lantern Model informed and inspired by a group of senior nurses working across all settings, as well as by patients, their families and carers, we have assembled leading speakers for the webinar series from within nursing and beyond to examine the four key tenets of the model which describes the contemporary role of nurses delivering end of life care, their characteristics, skills, relationships and impact.   

The model is named after the Lantern Flower, an exceptionally resilient plant that brings colour to often barren landscapes, just as nurses caring for people at the end their lives have the ability to provide a shaft of light for them and their families.

 It is based on seven key components:

  • Outcomes
  • Context of Care
  • Processes of Nursing Care
  • Support by the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Personal prerequisites
  • Organisational conditions and
  • Key tenets that shape and guide the care provided.

We believe the Lantern Model should be seen as a platform on which to build; for nurses and the organisations for which they work, in whatever setting, to mould further so that patients and families continue to receive the best possible care at the end of life and they, as nurses, receive the recognition they deserve and the job satisfaction every nurse craves.

We believe the Lantern Model should be seen as a platform on which to build

We’d strongly encourage all nurses to attend the Lantern Model launch webinar as the model is relevant to the care of anyone who is dying, regardless of their location, age or diagnosis. Join Mary Flatley, In-patient Lead Nurse at St Joseph’s Hospice and Lorna Peelo-Kilroe, HSE Lead Facilitator, National Programme to Enable Cultures of Person-Centredness as they focus on Finding the Person in the Patient, the first of the key tenets of the model. They will consider the notion of personhood and the nurses’ role in maintaining people’s sense of identity as they face the end of life.

The three follow-up webinars also focus on key elements of the model. On 4 February Siobhan Horton and Professor Rob George, Medical Director at St Christopher’s will make the case that to enable someone to complete a life well, there is a need to approach their care with a mixture of art and science in The Art and Science of Caring.

In the third webinar, Impact Through Personal and Organisational Development, on 24 March, attendees will join a discussion about the importance of the characteristics of the practitioner, the team and the organisation in which they work. They’ll also be advice on offer for personal and organisational development to help nurses achieve their full impact from Heather Richardson, Joint Chief Executive, St Christopher’s Hospice and Pippa Gough, Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant

Brendan McCormack, Head of Person-Centred Practice Research Centre, University of Ulster and Caroline Nicholson, Senior Clinical Lecturer, St Christopher’s Hospice will explore how to empower nurses to articulate their value and views as part of the development of a person-centred nursing framework in the final webinar in the series Advancing the Profession of Nursing and its Offer at End of Life on 31 March.

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4 January 2021

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