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Anglia Ruskin University is the largest provider of nursing education in the East of England. With over 2,000 pre- registration student nurses in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education enrolled onto NMC approved courses, Anglia Ruskin has successfully implemented Myprogress since 2015 as their mobile and web-based tool for observing and assessing student nurses in clinical practice.
Prior to working with MyKnowledgeMap, Anglia Ruskin University’s student nurses used a paper-based clinical practice portfolio to allow them to undertake and demonstrate the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies whilst on placement. With three campuses; Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough, as well as 200 placement areas, student nurses were widely distributed, creating a huge challenge for the university and its 5000 registered mentors. Some of the key challenges faced include:
The problem for us with paper documentation was that in such a huge region we had no idea of how the students were actually progressing whilst they were on practice, until they actually came back in or visit, we didn’t know how they were getting on in their placement area” - says Siân Shaw, Director of Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Anglia Ruskin’s School of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Work.
As a leading provider of nursing education, Anglia Ruskin continually strive to ensure the student experience whilst on practice remains ‘Outstanding’. Having long experienced the aforementioned challenges, they sought to innovate and transform the student placement experience, and implement a web-based e-practice assessment framework that communicates with mobile devices in practice.
Moving to a digital way of working from the paper-based platform, is a challenge and cultural change for any organisation. Embarking on a transformational project with many key stakeholders and over 2,000 student nurses across five nursing programmes called for a careful and well-planned implementation plan.
After research Anglia Ruskin University adopted Myprogress as their offline mobile-based practice assessment tool. Myprogress, developed by MyKnowledgeMap, was chosen for this project as the platform closely aligned with the organisations’ needs and specific challenges around their student placements. Some of these alignments include:
Following a successful pilot with Myprogress in 2015, Anglia Ruskin University received a commendation from the Health Education East of England and funding to expand on the project and was also presented an example of excellence in assessment practice at the University Learning and Teaching Conference in June 2015. Anglia Ruskin has since transformed their practice- based assessment process for all 2000 student nurses and 5000 mentors and as of Christmas 2018 has become completely digital. Sian adds:
There’s a lot more benefits for the student nurses than the fact of simply completing their practice assessments in Myprogress, they’re also developing employability skills with digital literacy being a key employability skill. The digital platform also improves accessibility and promote inclusivity as students with specific learning needs have found that Myprogress really helps them too”
Since the pilot, Anglia Ruskin University has also seen the following benefits:
By using valuable assessment data from Myprogress, students are able to be prepared, informed and have improved engagement with mentors, allowing students to reflect on their practice, feed-forward and structure their own future learning on the same device. Additionally, the data gathered through Myprogress has enabled the university to gain insight into the performance of their nursing programmes and conduct predictive analysis on student failure. Through improving the student experience and gaining valuable insight into student progress and potential for failure, Anglia Ruskin has been able to dramatically reduce student attrition.
Over the last 5 years, the attrition rate has reduced from over 20% in Cambridge to 2.5% and the transformation of assessment in practice with Myprogress was a contributing factor to this positive change.
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