Here we have a blog written by Stephanie Morris, student Adult Nurse at Bangor University about why she is proud to be part of the 1000 Lives Improvement Student and Educator Community. Have you got thoughts to add? Leave them in the comments below after reading this post.
Where it all began…
#HelloMyNameIsSteph and I am studying Adult Nursing at Bangor University. I became familiar with 1000 Lives Improvement following a teaching session at our university in one of our first modules on quality improvement. Soon after, we were lucky to attend the 1000 Lives Improvement National Learning Event at Llandudno. The day brought a wealth of knowledge on prudent healthcare and we met and listened to an inspirational talk by Dr Kate Granger. Learning about the #HelloMyNameIs campaign, I became instantly compelled to learn more about quality improvement and to take what I had learned into my practice as a student nurse. It wasn’t long before I learned about the 1000 Lives Improvement student chapters through our lecturer Angela Williams. Me and my fellow students were keen to get involved, so we re-established the chapter in 2014.
The main driving force was to help improve quality in our different nursing sectors and Bangor University. We are the first chapter to operate through the medium of Welsh as well as English. We feel that this is important as it is essential to be providing bilingual provision for students as well as patients.
My first chapter meeting…
At first I felt anxious about what to expect and what would be expected of me, but I was soon put at ease, and it wasn’t long before ideas regarding quality improvement were being addressed and thoughts were bouncing back and forth.We talked about ideas we had thought of whilst out on placements, such as improving continence care, the importance of hand washing in hospitals and how easy it could be to undertake an improvement project.
The main theme of our first discussion were areas we felt we could improve as students, which led us to talk about the #HelloMyNameIs campaign and how we could implement an idea that could coincide with it. From this discussion we cultivated a project for quality improvement that we felt we could take forward independently, highlighting the importance of communication in the nursing field.
Communication is something which we all agree is imperative to our nursing practice and issues of identification, quality care and patient centred care were the key topics we discussed. As a student nurse, I have strong opinions on these important areas and it was a great opportunity for me to share my own ideas in a comfortable environment with like-minded peers.
One challenge we face in our chapter is being on two sites, but we are keen to encourage a link between students through our Bangor chapter Facebook page, blogging, Twitter and the use of video conferencing. We are also thinking about holding social events to encourage new members and are always thinking of new ideas to recruit new and upcoming members into our chapter.
Why I believe being a member will make me a better nurse…
In my short time as a member of the Bangor University IHI Open School chapter I have already learned so much about quality improvement, which allows me to reflect on my own nursing practice and identify problems that I can share in a safe and comfortable environment.
I now understand the importance of identifying areas of improvement such as communication in nursing.
I’ve begun to think about my own communication skills when out in practice. I use #HelloMyNameIs and ensure I take the time to introduce myself to not only patients but also colleagues when on student placement.
I have learned that often it’s the smaller things, such as offering a patient a cup of tea and lending ear that can really make a difference to people and patients.
To make a patient smile by having the time to listen to them gives me such a sense of pride in what I am doing as a student nurse and the kind comments the patients often give me in return highlight the importance and effect of good communication. Being with like-minded students and educators in our chapter has allowed me to learn from the experiences of others and has broadened my network of associates, allowing me to communicate with nurses in all different fields of healthcare.
Taking on the role as secretary has given me knowledge and confidence in not only academic skills but also in social skills and has given me a sense of pride.
I am proud to be part of the 1000 Lives Improvement Student and Educator Community and a Bangor University chapter member – I believe it will be a fundamental part of my learning as a Student Nurse.
Stephanie is studying Adult Nursing at Bangor University. Got a comment about this post? Leave it below in the comments or join the conversation on Twitter using @1000LivesPlus.
You can find out how other healthcare students in Wales have got involved in the ‘Hello my name is’ campaign by reading this great collection of stories here.