Community nurses in Norfolk have each been presented with a new fob watch to use at work to celebrate this year’s International Nurses’ Day.
Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust presented the watches to all nurses, healthcare assistants and therapists. They have been paid for with money from the trust’s charity fund.
“It’s also a way of saying ‘thank you’ and valuing our staff for the work they do every day of the year”
Anna Morgan, the trust’s director of nursing and quality, said she saw the watches as “an essential tool for every clinician” and encouraged their use for taking a manual pulse to help detect conditions like atrial fibrillation.
“Clinicians use them to time observations and interventions but, until now, this essential tool was not supplied to staff in the way as a blood pressure monitor, for example,” she said.
“As somebody with a nursing background myself, I want to encourage staff to take a manual pulse, which helps identify patients who have an irregular heartbeat.
“It’s also a way of saying ‘thank you’ and valuing our staff for the work they do every day of the year,” said Ms Morgan.
The trust runs community hospitals and a range of community and specialist services, including district nursing, health visiting, school
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