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A Foundation of Nursing Studies programme nurtures nurse leaders who manage teams but still work in patient-facing roles

A Foundation of Nursing Studies programme nurtures nurse leaders who manage teams but still work in patient-facing roles

It’s the day after the first residential workshop session for the first cohort of a nurse leaders’ programme – and the participants are buzzing.

The 11 senior nurses from diverse clinical backgrounds and locations have just spent two days embarking on Inspire Improvement, a programme developed by the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) that encourages participants to dig deep into their own experience and values. It’s fair to say, this process can bring a lot of emotions to the surface.

‘My brain is exploding,’ admits Sian Perry, a senior sister based at the paediatric ambulatory care unit at Withybush General Hospital in Haverfordwest, west Wales. ‘As a group we gelled incredibly quickly; it

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