Samuel McPhail, a student nurse at Bradford University, has launched a charity single to promote the “6Cs” nursing values.
The Care Makers Song is being released on iTunes and promoted through social media. All proceedings will go to his chosen charity, Yorkshire Cancer Care.
Based on the Gamesmakers initiative from the 2012 Olympics, Care Makers are volunteers who promote the 6Cs values in NHS England’s three-year nursing strategy Compassion in Practice. The 6Cs are care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.
“It began as a rhyme I’d invented to help me remember the 6Cs, then it became a song”
The song’s launch coincided with International Nurses Day on Monday 12 May.
It was produced with the help of Jonathan Wright, a professional composer and film maker who volunteered his time as thanks for the compassionate care he received following a heart attack last Christmas.
Mr McPhail was on the short-list for Care Maker of the Year at the 2014 Student Nursing Times Awards, which were held earlier this month in London.
He said: “This came about by accident and I can hardly believe how it’s grown. It began as a rhyme I’d invented to help me remember the 6Cs, then it became a song.
“If this song helps people to consider how they give care, or the kind of care they’d want to receive, then this can only be a good thing,” he said.
He added: “My first passion is always nursing and my focus is on doing well in my exams, but I won’t grumble if I get good musical reviews too!”
Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, said: “It is appropriate that the song is being released on International Nurses Day, so that anyone listening to it can take a moment to think of what great nursing is all about.
“Nursing roles have changed and expanded dramatically over the years, but compassionate care has always been at the heart of a nurse’s role,” she added.