Two Public Health Wales nurses have been awarded top nursing scholarships.
Rhiannon Beaumont-Wood, Director of Nursing has been awarded a leadership scholarship from the Florence Nightingale Foundation. The Foundation offers a number of categories of scholarships to support the professional development of nurses and midwives including leadership, travel and research. Recipients of the Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholarship undertake a bespoke programme geared to their individual needs based on current performance assessment. The scholarships have three broad aims:
- to develop and enhance the individual’s leadership skills;
- to help define long term career objectives and maximise professional impact; and
- to work on an individual patient or healthcare improvement project.
Rhiannon said: “I am really pleased to have been awarded this scholarship as it is important that I bring the learning from this leadership development opportunity into my new role, while helping to meet the strategic objectives of the organisation. “I’m looking forward to sharing my learning and experiences with colleagues and would encourage any nurses and midwives to apply for the bursaries on offer with the foundation.
Rachel Shaw, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children in North Wales is the second nurse to benefit when she was awarded a Florence Nightingale Foundation Travel Scholarship. She has recently returned from a study tour to New South Wales, Australia where she was looking to learn from their experiences.
Rachel said: “The study tour was awarded to enable me to learn from the Australian experience of safeguarding children and in particular their experience of a cluster of cases in New South Wales following the purposeful administering of methadone to children by their parents or carers. “I learnt so much and colleagues shared resources that can be adapted for use in Wales. “It has been a highlight of my career and has fuelled my passion and enthusiasm to improve outcomes for children by sharing lessons learnt from ‘down under’.”