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New online resource for nursing students on professional behaviour and the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s code

Online resource teaches nursing students about the professional standards expected of them
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A new online resource has been created for nursing students on professional behaviour and the importance of maintaining a positive public perception of the nursing profession.

Unlocking the Code centres on the professional standards laid out in the Nursing and Midwifery Councils code of conduct, and was developed by staff and students at the University of Nottingham and Birmingham City University.

It includes two short films starring staff and students from the university.

Maintaining professional standards even on the bus

The first film, featuring students waiting at the bus stop at the end of a long shift, shows the group ignoring a passenger struggling with a walking stick. They also discuss confidential work issues loudly on the bus before sharing them on their mobile phones.

The second

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A new online resource has been created for nursing students on professional behaviour and the importance of maintaining a positive public perception of the nursing profession.

Unlocking the Code centres on the professional standards laid out in the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s code of conduct, and was developed by staff and students at the University of Nottingham and Birmingham City University.

It includes two short films starring staff and students from the university.

Maintaining professional standards – even on the bus

The first film, featuring students waiting at the bus stop at the end of a long shift, shows the group ignoring a passenger struggling with a walking stick. They also discuss confidential work issues loudly on the bus before sharing them on their mobile phones.

The second film shows the same scene, but with the students behaving responsibly and offering to help the passenger. As a result of their actions, they all receive praise from members of the public.

24/7 accountability

University of Nottingham assistant professor Fern Todhunter, who worked on the project, said: ‘It is so vital for nursing students to be aware of their accountability and responsibilities 24/7.

‘Although it is important for them to be part of university life, actions which might be considered as simply high spirits for students in other disiplines are completely different for those studying healthcare.

‘They engage in professional practice before graduation and will be seen by the public.’

Dr Todhunter said that feedback from students about the site had been positive and that they had found it useful to work through policies that can be viewed as ‘quite dry and simply words on paper’.

She said the university has a specific health e-learning and media team who were instrumental in launching the project.


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