Learning enhanced my ability

Michael Fanning RN, Dip PSN, MSc, qualified as a registered nurse in 1983 and has since worked clinically and as a manager, including acting director, across a range of district general and teaching hospitals. Two consecutive Smith & Nephew scholarships enabled him to study for his Masters degree. He has published in the nursing media and written about governance and non-medical prescribing and has a particular interest in the protection of vulnerable adults. Michael was appointed as a NMC panellist in 2008. He is currently on secondment from the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust as the Communication Manager for the Chief Nursing Officer and Professional Leadership team.

After qualifying as a registered nurse, it was a few years later before I studied for my degree. At the time, I was working in an accident and emergency department and I particularly remember taking the modules in psychology and sociology.

It was then that I fully began to appreciate the value and benefit of an analytical, enquiry and evidence based framework.

I was able to put into practice the learning and knowledge around older people and the use of orientation techniques in hospital environments. I placed clocks in the very bland and sterile examination cubicles to help provide a focus to orientate older patients who had been admitted as an emergency.

This was not the application of a theoretical concept but a practical translation and application of research into a clinical environment to enhance the fundamental aspect of care and compassion.

I believe the process of learning, ability to seek evidence and to challenge and translate knowledge enhanced my ability to provide practical, direct and personal care.