Newly qualified staff nurse Rob Waterson discusses the upcoming free Stop the Pressure Conference London organised by a committee of student nurses
In the last placement of my final year, I began to have the realisation that with a fresh perspective on healthcare settings, students can be a huge force in bringing about change.
I volunteered to chair the organising committee for a Stop The Pressure conference with the aim of promoting the idea of student empowerment. The conference focusses around PREVENTING pressure damage from happening, rather than TREATING and MANAGING.
As a profession we are extremely good at identifying and grading pressure ulcers but preventing them remains a huge challenge. By targeting students and newly qualified nurses with this conference, we are giving those with a clean perspective the chance to enhance and improve practices.
”We also wanted to give student nurses and other student healthcare professionals the chance to feel empowered”
We also wanted to give student nurses and other student healthcare professionals the chance to feel empowered to begin conversations with ward sisters, community matrons, heads of nursing and maybe even their director of nursing about their ideas for improving care in this area.
For an experienced nurse it can be hard to face this challenge, so for a student it often feels impossible.
The tools that attendees will gain at this conference will enable and empower them to look at and question local practices. This will hopefully help them to use evidence-based practice and come up with simple solutions that may have been overlooked by staff who have practiced in one way for a sustained length of time.
Getting speakers for the conference was an interesting, and enjoyable, challenge, trying to make sure we have a balance of political, academic and clinical speakers.
”The tools that attendees will gain at this conference will enable and empower them to look at and question local practices”
I have been fortunate to talk to all of the speakers and to have met the majority. Listening to their stories and successes has made me confident that “The Art of the Possible” will live up to its name and become a reality.
Our day is going to be chaired by Michelle Mello who is Deputy Director of Nursing for NHS England, who will chair a lively debate amongst our speakers. Ruth May, who is one of the main people involved in the Stop the Pressure campaign, will begin discussions leading onto Ann Keen, former Health Minister, who will help the audience to realise the power they themselves hold.
Masterclasses in the afternoon will give delegates the chance to choose where their interests lie. Professor Sue Proctor will lead our academic session on how research has impacted on practice with an example of a project she has worked on. We have been extremely lucky with our masterclasses and without telling you who is speaking about what; I can tell you that there is almost too much choice!
”This will be the first London-based Stop the Pressure Conference”
The day will end with myself and Thomas Shanahan, a 3rd year Leeds Medical School student, will lead the call for action and demonstrate how inter-professional working with students can lead to change and to the prevention of pressure damage.
This will be the first London-based Stop the Pressure Conference and we already have 550 delegates signed up, but there is space for more; we booked a venue that will hold all of those interested in coming along and there is no charge to do so.
Interesting talks, networking, talking to the NMC, tea and coffee, lunch and the chance to take the challenge of our call for action – what other reasons would you need to come along to our conference?
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