Nurses' New Year Resolutions
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
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
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
"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
"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"