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Rising to the Challenge in Nursing webinar series

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The first ever International Year of the Nurse* makes 2020 a pivotal time to celebrate nursing’s unique contribution to end of life and palliative care. Join some of our most respected contemporary thinkers and practitioners in this series of webinars to not just to acknowledge nursing’s contribution to date, but also to discuss how we can push the boundaries and provoke change for the better in end of life care.

*The WHO has declared 2020 to be the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife
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    Simply sign up here to access our whole programme of webinars. You will be sent a link with a password, which you can use at any time to access these resources. Please check your junk mail if you do not receive this email.

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    To access the Nursing webinar content simply sign up for free and you will be sent details on how to watch the on demand sessions. You will be alerted to any new content for the programme when it is added.


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  • What will I learn?

    These webinars look at

    • The pioneering characteristics of nurse leaders, past and present
    • Future opportunities facing palliative nursing and how these are best grasped
    • New insights on how to maximize personal and professional impact as a nurse involved in palliative and end of life care.

    You will also have the opportunity to shape a model of palliative nursing fit for the future.

  • Who is it for?

    • All nurses, managers, commissioners and policy makers with a strategic interest in the workforce required in the future to meet the needs of an ageing population
    • People in the education profession and others interested in shaping future opportunities for nurses
    • Registered nurses interested in palliative care.
  • Speakers

    We are proud to present our webinar speakers:

    Pippa Gough Executive Coach, Organisational and Leadership Consultant

    Pippa is an expert consultant in change management, facilitation, personal and team coaching. She began her career in Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting. She held several senior nursing positions throughout her career including Director of Policy at the Royal College of Nursing before joining the King’s Fund as a member of Senior Faculty in 2001 and is now a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

    Today, having sat on the board of several charitable organisations including Alzheimer’s Society her consultancy skills support change management and leadership development within health services and public sector organisations. A passionate advocate of the NHS, many of her projects have included designing and commissioning programmes of leadership and organisational development, strategy planning, coaching and policy research.

    Betty Ferrell

    Dr Betty Ferrell

    Dr Betty Ferrell, has been in nursing for over 40 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life, and palliative care. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and she has over 450 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts.

    In 2000, Betty led the collaboration between the City of Hope Medical Center and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to develop the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)-Core curriculum to educate nurses and other healthcare professionals on end of life care, so that attention to the dying could be improved and their unique needs addressed across all care settings. The ELNEC programme Betty started 20 years ago is now established in 100 countries !

    In this ‘International Nursing Story’, Betty shares her journey through her nursing career and how she was drawn to palliative care. She recounts how the ELNEC project came into being and how more than ever nurses are in such a great position to be a beacon for end of life & palliative care

    Anne-Marie Rafferty

    Anne Marie Rafferty CBE Professor of Nursing Policy, King’s College London

    Anne Marie Rafferty CBE has over 30 years of expertise, specialising in health services and policy research, specifically the healthcare workforce and nursing. She is currently Professor of Nursing Policy at King’s College London, the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, President of the Royal College of Nursing, and a historian.

    After completing her undergraduate degree in Nursing Studies (BSc Soc Sci) at Edinburgh University in the late 1970s she worked clinically being promoted to Deputy Sister in the regional vascular Unit at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

    She then completed her Master thesis by research (MPhil Surgery) at the University of Nottingham whilst working clinically. Her project won the 3M/Nursing Times Prize for research excellence.

    Ann Keen

    Professor Ann Lloyd Keen Registered Nurse and Campaigner

    Ann is a Registered Nurse, Campaigner and  former MP. She came to politics very early in her nursing career driven by her underpinning determination to challenge inequity especially related to the older person and also health care staff pay and employment conditions. She was met with formidable challenge as she campaigned, but her tenacity led to key changes and success in these and wider aspects of civil issues.

    Ann still hears colleagues say today  ‘I’m just a nurse’ and  wants nurses to know  the individual voice with a supportive collective  can lead for amazing  and important change. Ann  continues to campaign on a number  of important issues, most notably she is Chair of the Cannabis Patient Advocacy & Support Services (CPASS), seeking to provide safe access to medicinal cannabis.

  • Programme

    Webinar 1: Vlog – Strengthening and shaping self-agency

    An essential skill for nurses today

    Speaker: Pippa Gough, Executive Coach, Organisational and Leadership Consultant
    Available to watch on demand

    What is self-agency? This short presentation focuses on what it means to be your own person, to take responsibility for your own actions and behaviours, and to remain emotionally and psychologically stable in the face of challenge and conflict. You will learn some simple, but vital skills to help you feel confident about the decisions and judgement calls you make in your professional role. For nurses in times of crisis this is an important journey.

    This presentation draws on the leadership and personal development theories of Nancy Kline. You can find out more about her work at


    • What shapes us – the powerful influences we experience in life that have made us the way we are
    • Nancy Kline’s theory on independent thinking and having time to think
    • How the ability to be an independent thinker is a powerful route to understanding your own self-agency.

    Webinar 2: Vlog – International nursing story Dr Betty Ferrell, a pioneer nurse of our times

    Speaker: Dr Betty Ferrell, Expert in pain management, quality of life and palliative care
    Available to watch on demand

    Topic: Betty shares her journey through her nursing career and how she was drawn to palliative care. She recounts how the ELNEC project came into being and how now more than ever nurses are in such a great position to be a beacon for end of life and palliative care.

    Webinar 3: Vlog – Florence Nightingale and Dame Cicely Saunders: Two great minds thinking alike

    Speaker: Anne Marie Rafferty CBE, Professor of Nursing Policy, King’s College London
    Available to watch on demand

    In the International Year of the Nurse we are delighted to share with you reflections offered by Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, President of the Royal College of Nursing (UK). The piece is titled  ‘Florence Nightingale and Dame Cicely Saunders: Two great minds thinking alike’ .

    Anne Marie shares her insights on how both of these great minds were, in their own times, an unstoppable force for change spurred on by a deep sense of compassion for the suffering of humanity. This innate drive, coupled with a respect for knowledge through science made them the titans they are today with still so much to teach us.

    Webinar 4: Interactive – The campaigning nurse – so what’s on your mind?

    Speaker: Professor Ann Lloyd Keen, Registered Nurse and Campaigner
    Available to watch on demand

    In this webinar Ann:

    • Recounts her experience of being an activist as a practising nurse and why she moved into full time politics spurred on by the same vision
    • Offers insights into where she sees real opportunity for nurses to drive change today
    • Offers tips on how to reach out, connect with and influence people on issues that are important to you.

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