‘On the Record’: A STEAM Collaboration

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has collaborated with The Centre for Law, Science, and Policy on a unique STEAM project – ‘On the Record.’

‘On the Record’ is a collaborative project between academics in the School of Law and School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The project team won the 2019 BLSS Dean's Award for its efforts and is funded by the BCU STEAM Initiative to give 8 Student Partners from across Law, Health and Media the opportunity to be involved in the design and production of a simulation activity, which highlights poor and strong examples of record-keeping by nursing professionals.

The simulation exercise showcasing the fictitious case of Patient A, who has died following complications with diabetes. Nurses X, Y, and Z (played by the 3 Nursing Student Partners) provided care for Patient A during her stay in A&E and the hospital ward.

Each Nurse, however, kept different quality records, and following As death, each must account for their practice in a Fitness to Practice Hearing before the Nursing and Midwifery Council. At the hearing, Nurses X, Y, and Z are cross-examined by legal representatives (played by three law student partners). The simulation exercise will be filmed and produced by a student from the faculty of Art, Media and Design, and, when complete, packaged as a VLE and shared with academics, students, and practitioners.

This STEAM project focuses on an issue of great importance in the real world. Poor record keeping by nurses is a nationwide problem, with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Annual Fitness to Practice Report 2016-2017 stating that poor record keeping is in the top five complaints received by the NMC.

The keeping of good quality records by nurses is linked with improvements in patient care, whilst poor standards of documentation are regarded as contributing to poor quality nursing care. In the event a nurse must account for the care s/he has provided - for example in Fitness to Practice Tribunal held by the Nursing and Midwifery Council - poor records will likely disadvantage his/her ability to provide meaningful evidence, and, indeed, defend their conduct; consequences that will be brightly illuminated by the adversarial process of the legal system.

The team

  • School of Law Staff: Dr Sarah Cooper and Rose Tempowski
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery Staff: Amanda Andrews and Bernie St Aubuyn
  • Law Student Partners: Sheya Bradley, Mercedes Cooling and Manaar Dayoub
  • Nursing Student Partners: Geraint Evans, Dominic Giles and Khalila Dharell
  • Art, Design and Media Student Partner: Craig Aldous

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