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Leicester nursing students support #hellomynameis campaign


De Montfort University in Leicester has this week launched the #hellomynameis campaign to its nursing students.

New nursing students received a short student-led presentation during their practice induction day on how important it is for them to introduce themselves, their role and ask what the person would like to be called.

There will be information on the university’s online portal about the campaign.

In addition, the university will soon be introducing #hellomynameis name badges to current nursing students to wear on their uniforms.

De Montfort University

The new name badge DMU student nurses will be receiving

“This has been a real collaboration between students and faculty to help drive change and improve compassionate care in practice,” said Chris Pannell, an adult and mental health dual registration student at De Montfort.

The #hellomynameis campaign was set up by Dr Kate Granger, a hospital consultant from Yorkshire with terminal cancer, who became frustrated with the number of staff who failed to introduce themselves to her when she was in hospital.

It started as an online initiative in 2013, using the social media site Twitter and the tagline #hellomynameis, but has proved very popular with clinicians and has been officially adopted by a number of organisations.


Readers' comments (5)

  • I really can't believe that there is a special campaign about telling a patient what your name is and what job you do. THIS IS COMMON SENSE. i have been a nurse for over 30 years and it was drummed into us to do this. Why has it not been part of training for the last 30 years.!!!!!!!!

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  • I had to blink twice and look at the date of the above comment as it so closely reflects my own views and style I thought it must have been one I had written previously!

    It seems good manners and and the thinking behind the psychology of good professional interpersonal and therapeutic relationships has changed with time and either people no longer think of such basic social interactions or no longer consider them important!

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  • I am glad this standard has been introduced. Introducing self, recognising the other person are both important communication for improving health. Yet missed by many working professionals effecting pts self esteem.

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  • @Anonymous | 8-May-2015 10:25 pm

    You are absolutely right, but believe it or not it isn't common practice, and it doesn't just have to be about patients. I frequently get calls from "I'm Sister on ward 10". Now that's a strange name...........

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  • I recently had a few visits to Moorfields Eye Hospital as a patient and every member of staff introduced themselves like this.

    I see the campaign every day on twitter so it made me smile to see it in action. But more importantly it was incredibly reassuring, as a patient in distress, to be greeted that way. Whatever you think of the necessity of this campaign, it's having an important impact on patient care.

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