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Nurses' New Year Resolutions

Brilliant Basics

Today over 200 nurses and midwives made a New Year's Resolution to pledge to improve one small thing to ensure that care and compassion remains a core component of nursing and midwifery practice across all their services.

This is the final jigsaw in our 2012 Brilliant Basics programme which has seen a focus each quarter on a different theme.  The previous ones being: Communication; Harm Free Care and Leaving Our Care.

The event highlighted how patients feel when they are in our care and at the end of the session each nurse was asked "What little thing are you going to do?" and handed a red heart on which they wrote their resolution and placed in a large jar.

Senior nurses have already made their pledges and made a short film to play at the event.

The pledges highlighted in the film include:

"I will take every opportunity to ask patients and staff about their experience."

"I will listen and think before I respond, focusing on being transparent and authentic."

"To remember the smallest acts of caring - a smile, a kind word, a listening ear."

"To care for others as I would want to be cared for myself."

Gill Heaton, Director of Patient Services/Chief Nurse says: "We have over 5,000 nurses and midwives working in our hospitals and in the community. The public place their trust in nurses and midwives at a time when they are most vulnerable, so we have a duty to ensure that care and compassion is always central to nursing practice

"It is important especially in busy hospitals to ensure that nurses are encouraged to continually focus on the basics of nursing which is why we introduced our Brilliant Basics programme.  We are committed to ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care and treatment whilst in our care."

Every nurse/midwife will also be given a red heart to take away to remind them of their resolution, with a note saying: "It's the little things you do that make a difference; Carry this heart with you to remember the resolution you made today"