The BiNE network was founded by Dr Patricia Fell in 2012 as a specialist reference group of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Health and Social Care Cluster. The Group brings together nurse educators from across the UK to share, discuss and develop bioscience education, scholarship and research.
The network now comprises over 30 nursing and bioscience academics whose work includes teaching biosciences to nursing students in 17 UK universities. We meet twice a year to share good practice and promote collaborative projects. Members never fail to be inspired by colleagues who present aspects of their teaching practice at these meetings and often return to their own institutions determined to implement such innovations themselves.
With an evidence based approach to teaching high on its agenda, the group not only shares its teaching practice but also findings from its own evaluation / pedagogic research projects, thus promoting the adoption of new evidence based teaching practices on a wider scale. This is all aimed at enhancing students’ grasp and understanding of the biosciences in nursing. In addition, as a collective group, the network has a unique opportunity to join forces to undertake collaborative research in this field.
It is exciting to see how the network is developing, and through its activities we hope to improve the standards of bioscience learning and teaching in nursing programmes nationwide. The focus of the network has always been to improve student nurses’ learning of biosciences and thus their ability to confidently apply bioscience in clinical decision making. The network has also provided a vehicle of support which has resulted in enhancing the professional development of its members.
BiNE Network aims
The Network aims to:
- 1. Provide a source of consultation, support, advice and information to bioscience lecturers in nurse education.
- 2. Enhance student nurses’ learning of bioscience through the sharing of best practice, innovation and resources.
- 3. Promote collaborative research designed to enhance the evidence base in this field.
- 4. Collate information and evidence in order to advise and influence national professional bodies and organisations (e.g. NMC, RCN, HEA, CODH) about standards of bioscience learning in nurse education.
- 5. Promote and raise the profile of biosciences in nurse education.