Jun 102015
 
Stephanie Morris

Stephanie Morris

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.

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May 132014
 
Helen Price

Anitha Uddin

In April, I was fortunate to attend the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Paris. It was an eye-opening experience that taught me so much.

A particular idea I took away was that quality improvement should not be considered an extra-curricular activity; it should be embedded into current practice. And since student nurses are the ones who will be working in healthcare in the coming years, it needs to remain the bedrock of our education.

That’s why I found the nursing discussion session so inspirational. I met nurses from around the globe who all shared a similar vision about healthcare and quality improvement, and we discussed everything from policy and education, to current nursing practices and quality improvement. Continue reading »

May 132014
 
Helen Price

Helen Price

While attending the International Forum for Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Paris last month, I felt so privileged to be given the opportunity to be part of a global community which has such passion and enthusiasm for making healthcare better.

In her keynote address, Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, set the tone for the event. She described how healthcare is stuck in a gravitational pull of existing systems, and that to escape this requires new ideas, inspiration and collective impact. She said, “The power of an audacious goal accelerates change, bringing people together to make the impossible possible”. It was truly awe-inspiring.

One theme that was much talked about in many sessions was the importance of patient engagement. As Dr Morten Pytte from DNV-GL said, the call for patient-centred care, the 6 Cs, co-production and a collective approach to care has never been louder! It is clear that we need to bridge the gap between what we preach and what happens in practice. Continue reading »