Opening up conversations: collaborative working across sociomaterial contexts in nursing in London

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Allan, H., Caldwell, C., Mehigan, S. and Trueman, S. 2024. Opening up conversations: collaborative working across sociomaterial contexts in nursing in London. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 80 (1), pp. 226-236. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15799
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TitleOpening up conversations: collaborative working across sociomaterial contexts in nursing in London
AuthorsAllan, H., Caldwell, C., Mehigan, S. and Trueman, S.
Abstract

Aim
To discuss nurses' use of networks to address nursing recruitment and retention in London, UK.

Design
Qualitative evaluation of the Capital Nurse programme reporting on 30 narrative interviews with executive, clinical and student nurses in 2019.

Results
Executive nurses within the Capital Nurse programme recognized the importance of sociomaterial contexts in the health and social care system in London and worked strategically across these contexts to achieve change. Supported through the Capital Nurse programme, executive nurses from health organizations across London initiated collaborative working to improve recruitment and retention. Primarily by designing and delivering sociomaterial products (organizational and educational) to support nurses to build a career in London. Drawing on ideas from actor network theory, in particular sociomaterial contexts, nurses' actions at all levels to develop and sustain networks to address nursing recruitment and retention across the NHS in London are described.

Conclusions
Capital Nurse supported collaborative working both within single organizations and across organizations in London. There is evidence of change in how nurses across the capital work together to improve patient care, improve recruitment and retention. Findings may resonate with nurses in other settings who seek to address the problem of recruitment and retention. They show how nurses coming together in networks to effect changes in practice can work successfully.

Impact
Nurses' use of networks led to novel models of communication and action to address the problems of recruitment and retention in London. We argue that sociomateriality should be considered outside the clinical practice setting, as part of nurses' professional development and organizational practice, that is how they plan their career, how they address recruitment and retention, how they communicate across organizations about nursing issues.

Keywordsactor network theory; nursing; recruitment; retention; sociomateriality
Sustainable Development Goals4 Quality education
Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
LanguageEnglish
PublisherWiley
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
ISSN0309-2402
Electronic1365-2648
Publication dates
Online19 Jul 2023
PrintJan 2024
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Submitted18 Oct 2022
Accepted07 Jul 2023
Deposited02 Apr 2024
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Odelius, A., Allan, H., Hunter, B., Bryan, K., Knibb, W. and Shawe, J. 2015. From transformative learning to social change? Using action research to explore and improve informal complaints management in an NHS trust. International Practice Development Journal. 5 (1).
A qualitative study of advanced nurse practitioners’ use of physical assessment skills in the community: shifting skills across professional boundaries
Raleigh, M. and Allan, H. 2017. A qualitative study of advanced nurse practitioners’ use of physical assessment skills in the community: shifting skills across professional boundaries. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 26 (13-14), pp. 2025-2035. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.13613
Editorial: the anxiety of caring and the devaluing of nursing
Allan, H. 2017. Editorial: the anxiety of caring and the devaluing of nursing. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 26 (3-4), pp. 299-301. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.13380
An evaluation of the Islington community education provider network super hub
Corbett, K., Odelius, A., Traynor, M. and Mehigan, S. 2016. An evaluation of the Islington community education provider network super hub. Supporting Learning in Primary Care/General Practice. Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Queen's Street London WC2B 5DA 26 Jul 2016
Adherence to ‘pressure-relief’ regimen for pressure ulcer (PrU) prevention in spinal cord injury (SCI)
Liu, L., Chapman, S., Deegan, R., Allan, H., Traynor, M. and Gall, A. 2016. Adherence to ‘pressure-relief’ regimen for pressure ulcer (PrU) prevention in spinal cord injury (SCI). The 55th ISCoS Annual Scientific Meeting. Vienna, Austria 14 - 16 Sep 2016
Delegation and supervision of health care assistants’ work in the daily management of uncertainty and the unexpected in clinical practice: invisible learning among newly qualified nurses
Allan, H., Magnusson, C., Evans, K., Ball, E., Westwood, S., Curtis, K., Horton, K. and Johnson, M. 2016. Delegation and supervision of health care assistants’ work in the daily management of uncertainty and the unexpected in clinical practice: invisible learning among newly qualified nurses. Nursing Inquiry. 23 (4), pp. 377-385. https://doi.org/10.1111/nin.12155
Nurses’ experiences of clinical commissioning group boards
Allan, H., O'Driscoll, M., Savage, J., Lee, G. and Dixon, R. 2016. Nurses’ experiences of clinical commissioning group boards. Nursing Standard. 30 (42), pp. 46-55. https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2016.e9633
The effects of surgical hand scrubbing protocols on skin integrity and surgical site infection rates: a systematic review
Liu, L. and Mehigan, S. 2016. The effects of surgical hand scrubbing protocols on skin integrity and surgical site infection rates: a systematic review. AORN Journal. 103 (5), pp. 468-482. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aorn.2016.03.003
Executive summary of the RESPONSE project (responding effectively to services users (patients and cares) and practitioners' (nurses and midwives) perspectives on care concerns: developing sustainable responses through educational action research
Allan, H., Shawe, J., Odelius, A., Knibb, W., Gallagher, A., Hunter, B. and Bryan, K. 2014. Executive summary of the RESPONSE project (responding effectively to services users (patients and cares) and practitioners' (nurses and midwives) perspectives on care concerns: developing sustainable responses through educational action research. University of Surrey.
An investigation into newly qualified nurse' ability to recontextualise knowledge to allow them to delegate and supervise care(AaRK)
Magnusson, C., Westwood, S., Ball, E., Curtis, K., Evans, K., Horton, K., Johnson, M. and Allan, H. 2014. An investigation into newly qualified nurse' ability to recontextualise knowledge to allow them to delegate and supervise care(AaRK). University of Surrey.
The patient in acute pain
Mehigan, S. 2011. The patient in acute pain. in: Bench, S. and Brown, K. (ed.) Critical Care Nursing: Learning from Practice London Blackwell Scientific, London. pp. 164-175
Survey of the Commissioning Nurse Leaders’ Network membership 2015: summary of results
Allan, H. and O'Driscoll, M. 2016. Survey of the Commissioning Nurse Leaders’ Network membership 2015: summary of results. online Middlesex University.
Understanding sociology in nursing
Allan, H., Traynor, M., Kelly, D. and Smith, P. 2016. Understanding sociology in nursing. London SAGE Publications.
New role raises questions
Traynor, M., Allan, H., Allan, H., Dyson, S., Corbett, K. and Centre for Criitcal Research in Nursing and Midwifery 2016. New role raises questions. Nursing Standard. 30 (29), pp. 26-27. https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.30.29.26.s25
Evaluating the roll out of the Care Certificate in a local health area
Traynor, M., Corbett, K. and Mehigan, S. 2016. Evaluating the roll out of the Care Certificate in a local health area. Building a Vision for Integrated Education: showcasing innovation in education, learning and training at Whittington Health.. Whittington Health Education Centre, Whittington Health, Magdala Avenue London N19 5NF, London, U.K. 23 Mar 2016 Pharmacy Education.
An evaluation of the Islington community education provider network super hub.
Corbett, K., Odelius, A., Traynor, M. and Mehigan, S. 2016. An evaluation of the Islington community education provider network super hub. Building a Vision for Integrated Education: showcasing innovation in education, learning and training at Whittington Health.. Whittington Health Education Centre, Whittington Health, Magdala Avenue London N19 5NF, London, U.K. 23 Mar 2016 International Pharmaceutical Federation.
An evaluation of the Islington community education provider network super hub
Corbett, K., Odelius, A., Traynor, M., Mehigan, S. and School of Health and Education 2015. An evaluation of the Islington community education provider network super hub. Sustaining networking in Islington: learning from evaluation. Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom 26 Nov 2015
Are senior nurses on clinical commissioning groups in England inadvertently supporting the devaluation of their profession?: A critical integrative review of the literature
Allan, H., Dixon, R., Lee, G., O'Driscoll, M., Savage, J. and Tapson, C. 2016. Are senior nurses on clinical commissioning groups in England inadvertently supporting the devaluation of their profession?: A critical integrative review of the literature. Nursing Inquiry. 23 (2), pp. 178-187. https://doi.org/10.1111/nin.12129
An evaluation of the impact of ‘Compassion in practice: nursing, midwifery and care staff - our vision and strategy’ on staff experience in NHS Trusts in England.
Allan, H., O'Driscoll, M., Liu, L., Corbett, K. and Department of Adult, Child and Midwifery, School of Health and Education, Middlesex University 2015. An evaluation of the impact of ‘Compassion in practice: nursing, midwifery and care staff - our vision and strategy’ on staff experience in NHS Trusts in England. School of Health and Education, Middlesex University.
A realist evaluation of the development of general practice placements for student nurses in North Central and East London. A report commissioned by Health Education North Central and East London and produced on behalf of the School of Health and Education, Middlesex University.
Corbett, K., Mehigan, S., Odelius, A., Wilson, K., Grove, J. and Department of Adult, Child and Midwifery, School of Health and Education, Middlesex University 2015. A realist evaluation of the development of general practice placements for student nurses in North Central and East London. A report commissioned by Health Education North Central and East London and produced on behalf of the School of Health and Education, Middlesex University. School of Health and Education.
Evaluation of the roll out of the Care Certificate in Islington community education provider network
Traynor, M., Corbett, K., Mehigan, S. and School of Health and Education, Centre for Critical Research in Nursing and Midwifery 2015. Evaluation of the roll out of the Care Certificate in Islington community education provider network. London, UK Middlesex University, School of Health and Education.
An evaluation of the Islington community education provider network super hub. A report commissioned by the Islington Community Education Provider Network and produced for the School of Health and Education Middlesex University
Corbett, K., Odelius, A., Traynor, M., Mehigan, S. and School of Health and Education, Centre for Critical Research in Nursing and Midwifery 2015. An evaluation of the Islington community education provider network super hub. A report commissioned by the Islington Community Education Provider Network and produced for the School of Health and Education Middlesex University. School of Health and Education.
Non-European nurses’ perceived barriers to UK nurse registration
Allan, H. and Westwood, S. 2016. Non-European nurses’ perceived barriers to UK nurse registration. Nursing Standard. 30 (37), pp. 45-51. https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.30.37.45.s41
White British researchers and internationally educated research participants: insights from reflective practices on issues of language and culture in nursing contexts
Allan, H. and Westwood, S. 2015. White British researchers and internationally educated research participants: insights from reflective practices on issues of language and culture in nursing contexts. Journal of Research in Nursing. 20 (8), pp. 640-652. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744987115618236
Managing infertility in primary care
Allan, H. and Mounce, G. 2015. Managing infertility in primary care. Practice Nursing. 26 (9), pp. 440-443. https://doi.org/10.12968/pnur.2015.26.9.440
Learning from people with long-term conditions: new insights for governance in primary health care
Ross, F., Smith, P., Byng, R., Christian, S., Allan, H., Price, L. and Brearley, S. 2014. Learning from people with long-term conditions: new insights for governance in primary health care. Health and Social Care in the Community. 22 (4), pp. 405-416. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12097
Cervical screening and the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse: are clinical staff trained to recognise and manage the effect this has on their patients?
Walker, J. and Allan, H. 2014. Cervical screening and the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse: are clinical staff trained to recognise and manage the effect this has on their patients? Journal of Clinical Nursing. 23 (13-14), pp. 1857-1865. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.12390
Early intervention screening involves more than “simple” screening
Lee, H., Lu, Z., Allan, H., Yeh, M. and Chang, S. 2015. Early intervention screening involves more than “simple” screening. International Journal of Healthcare, Insurance and Equity. 2 (1).
Factors perceived to influence exercise adherence in women with breast cancer participating in an exercise programme during adjuvant chemotherapy: a focus group study
Husebø, A., Karlsen, B., Allan, H., Søreide, J. and Bru, E. 2015. Factors perceived to influence exercise adherence in women with breast cancer participating in an exercise programme during adjuvant chemotherapy: a focus group study. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 24 (3-4), pp. 500-510. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.12633
Exercise: a path to wellness during adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer?
Husebø, A., Allan, H., Karlsen, B., Soreide, J. and Bru, E. 2015. Exercise: a path to wellness during adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer? Cancer Nursing. 38 (5), pp. E13-E20. https://doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0000000000000205
Supporting staff to respond effectively to informal complaints: findings from an action research study
Allan, H., Odelius, A., Hunter, B., Bryan, K., Knibb, W., Shawe, J. and Gallagher, A. 2015. Supporting staff to respond effectively to informal complaints: findings from an action research study. Journal of Clinical Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.12770
Gatekeeping access to the midwifery unit: managing complaints by bending the rules
Allan, H., Odelius, A., Hunter, B., Bryan, K., Knibb, W. and Shawe, J. 2015. Gatekeeping access to the midwifery unit: managing complaints by bending the rules. Health. 19 (6), pp. 652-669. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459314567791
English language skills requirements for internationally educated nurses working in the care industry: barriers to UK registration or institutionalised discrimination?
Allan, H. and Westwood, S. 2016. English language skills requirements for internationally educated nurses working in the care industry: barriers to UK registration or institutionalised discrimination? International Journal of Nursing Studies. 54, pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2014.12.006
'Doing the writing' and 'working in parallel': How 'distal nursing' affects delegation and supervision in the emerging role of the newly qualified nurse
Johnson, M., Magnusson, C., Allan, H., Evans, K., Ball, E., Horton, K., Curtis, K. and Westwood, S. 2015. 'Doing the writing' and 'working in parallel': How 'distal nursing' affects delegation and supervision in the emerging role of the newly qualified nurse. Nurse Education Today. 35 (2), pp. e29-e33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2014.11.020
Developing a robust tool: Advancing the multiple mini interview in pre-registration student midwife selection in a UK setting
Callwood, A., Cooke, D. and Allan, H. 2014. Developing a robust tool: Advancing the multiple mini interview in pre-registration student midwife selection in a UK setting. Nurse Education Today. 34 (12), pp. 1450-1454. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2014.04.023
People, liminal spaces and experience: Understanding recontextualisation of knowledge for newly qualified nurses
Allan, H., Magnusson, C., Horton, K., Evans, K., Ball, E., Curtis, K. and Johnson, M. 2015. People, liminal spaces and experience: Understanding recontextualisation of knowledge for newly qualified nurses. Nurse Education Today. 35 (2), pp. e78-e83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2014.10.018
Managing modern perioperative education
Mehigan, S. 2004. Managing modern perioperative education. British Journal of Perioperative Nursing. 14 (12), pp. 535-542. https://doi.org/10.1177/175045890401401201
Role perception in a climate of change: the role of the anaesthetic nurse
Mehigan, S. 2003. Role perception in a climate of change: the role of the anaesthetic nurse. British Journal of Perioperative Nursing. 13 (9), pp. 381-385. https://doi.org/10.1177/175045890301300905
Future practitioners...advancing nursing practice in the perioperative setting
Mehigan, S. 2000. Future practitioners...advancing nursing practice in the perioperative setting. British Journal of Perioperative Nursing. 10 (3), pp. 153-156. https://doi.org/10.1177/175045890001000303