A leading figure in British nursing has applauded a University of Plymouth project encouraging sustainability in nursing.
Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, praised the NurSus TOOLKIT at its recent European launch in Esslingen, Germany, calling it ‘a fabulous resource for student nurses, universities and teachers’.
The online platform provides a host of materials to put climate change and sustainability at the heart of healthcare training, and is the outcome of a three-year collaboration between the University of Plymouth and universities in Esslingen (Germany), Jaen (Spain) and Maastricht (the Netherlands), funded by European Union programme Erasmus+.
The toolkit offers free lectures and activities that can be adapted to meet the needs of students studying subjects such as geography, design, nursing, midwifery, environment, public health, and health planning and management.
“The NurSus TOOLKIT is a fabulous resource for student nurses and also I think the universities and teachers. I think it would be very useful for the new nursing competencies, and the fact that it's evidence-based gives it the edge over other resources that we might see. It is convincing and we need to see how we can actually make it work for qualified staff, for example in continuing professional development. It actually has the flexibility to allow us to provide specific packages for specific people, so I am looking forward to working with it.”