Hospital trust to mark International Nurses' Day with inspiring stories

Nurse speaking to patientStaff at Southampton’s teaching hospitals will mark International Nurses’ Day tomorrow (Friday) with a series of inspirational stories and clinical developments.

In addition to the annual University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust nursing awards, colleagues will hear about developments in palliative care, paediatrics, ophthalmology and heart failure, as well as poster displays on developments in ward nursing across the organisation.

The awards will include mentor, healthcare assistant, nurse and children’s nurse of the year, as well as a patient feedback category and the director of nursing’s award for outstanding contribution.

They cover more than 3,000 nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants working at Southampton General and the Princess Anne hospitals, Southampton Children’s Hospital, hospice Countess Mountbatten House (CMH) and the New Forest Birth Centre.

Among the day’s presentations, CMH clinical nurse specialists Sue Gasparro and Jacqui Bennett will highlight their team’s Six Steps to Success project, a tailored programme of training for staff in nursing and residential homes to improve end of life care.

The initiative aims to improve the identification, treatment and care management of residents approaching end of life and consists of eight half-day workshops and two mandatory study days followed by completion of a portfolio by care homes.

Senior sister Majula Rajamani, retinal screener Lizzi Lewis and healthcare assistant Colin Elkin will present on the ophthalmology team’s visit to Kenya to train nurses from four different Kenyan hospitals in infection prevention policies in eye units.

Jenny Bull, paediatric outreach lead for Southampton Children’s Hospital, will showcase the success of the growing outreach team and its work providing specialist nursing support for children in the high dependency unit, who have recently come out of intensive care, need non-ventilatory support or who have deteriorated while on a ward.

In the final talk of the day, Jayne Masters, lead heart failure nurse at UHS, will describe the development of the hospital service for patients, as well as the team’s expansion into the community, where it now hold 14 clinics to provide care closer to patients’ homes.

Among the attendees will be Kate Pye, divisional head of nursing, who features widely in today’s media in a story about student nurse Clara Markiewicz, 20, who she cared for as a young cancer patient 16 years ago and is now working alongside at Southampton Children’s Hospital.

“We are all really looking forward to celebrating the success and achievements of nurses across our hospital trust and can’t wait to share some of the truly inspiring stories of improvements in clinical care and patient experience,” said Gail Byrne, director of nursing at UHS.

“Our nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants not only help ensure the delivery of excellent healthcare, they do this with care and compassion each and every day, but they are also constantly looking to improve this care through research and new concepts and that is something I feel very proud of.”

Rosemary Chable, deputy director of nursing for education and workforce, added: “This event will showcase excellence in nursing practice across all areas of the trust, from specialist areas to mainstream ward nursing, and will be a great opportunity for staff to celebrate and learn about progress and innovation among their colleagues.”

The awards ceremony and presentations will be held in the Heartbeat Education Centre on F level (North Wing) at Southampton General Hospital from 1pm until 3.30pm.

Posted on Thursday 11 May 2017