The professional nurse advocate (PNA) programme is a masters level accredited professional leadership and development programme for registered nurses.
Benefits for colleagues
The programme equips nurses to lead, support, advocate and deliver improvements to patient care and support the development, health and wellbeing of nurses.
On a daily basis our accredited PNAS:
- Enable colleagues to feel empowered
- Improve wellbeing and staff retention
- Give colleagues a safe space to confidentially talk about anything they want – from professional issues, including clinical incidents, to personal issues
- Support in clinical development
- Provide non-judgmental peer support
- Promote psychological safety and awareness, using the restorative function of the A-EQUIP model
- Give colleagues the opportunity to reflect and develop their professional and personal resilience.
- Offer restorative clinical supervision (RCS) on a one-to-one basis or in small groups maximum eight
This video will give you an insight into how our professional nurse advocates help colleagues across the trust.
To train registered nurses as professional nurse advocates (PNA’s) in England, NHSE/I have funded PNA training and have appointed Higher Education Institutes (HEI) in England to deliver the training.
The PNAs’ training enables them to understand the challenges and demands colleagues are facing and gives them the tools they need to provide confidential support.
As a Level 7 accredited programme, which includes academic assessment, poster presentations and competency portfolios, the professional nurse advocate (PNA) role offers solid professional credibility. The programme will run for 10 days.
The restorative supervision that PNAs deliver is integral to their training and starts as soon as their time on the programme begins.
Beyond this, the focus is on the four functions of the advocating for education and quality and improvement (A-Equip) model.
- Clinical supervision (restorative)
- Monitoring, evaluation and quality control (normative)
- Personal action for quality improvement
- Education and development (formative)
The criteria for the PNA training programme requires that you
Are a registered nurse
Are band 5 or above
Hold a pre-2012 nursing diploma (with the addition of a top-up accredited Level 6 qualification)
Already hold an accredited Level 6 qualification (degree or degree equivalent/ top-up accredited Level 6 CPD course)
Have line manager’s support