A group of nursing students have made a video to promote collaboration between nurses and patients, and emphasise that clinicians are “human too”.
The six first-year students on Northumbria University’s nursing studies (learning disabilities) degree created the film after being challenged to answer the question “what is nursing?”.
They spoke with patients and nurses to try and gain an understanding of what patients felt they needed from nurses, and vice versa. Both groups said that they wanted to see displays of patience, humour, communication, honesty, understanding and a smile.
“We hope that it will make people see that we, as nurses, are human too”
The film shows the students undertaking varying roles including caring for a child with cancer and a confused patient with dementia, as well as expressing how emotionally challenging a career in nursing can be. It has already been viewed more than 2,000 times on YouTube.
Louise Vallery, one of the students who made the film, said: “We developed the campaign after seeing a need to encourage a mutual understanding between patients and nurses.
“We wanted to bridge a perceived gap and reassure the public that, as nurses, we share in their emotions, from joy to sadness and frustration,” she said.
“We’ve been so excited with the response we’ve had from those who have seen the film, and we hope that it will make people see that we, as nurses, are human too,” she added.
Along with Ms Vallery, the other students involved in the production of the film were Jennifer Finley, Billy Irvine, Diane Malaugh, Rachael Scott and Emily Wrightson.
Mark Robinson, director of programmes in Northumbria University’s department of health and wellbeing, said: “Having a true understanding of what it means to be a nurse, and what nursing is, is a crucial factor for our first year students who are embarking on this career.”
The students have been invited to share their work at the annual Positive Choices conference for those working in learning disabilities nursing, which is being held in Cardiff on 16-17 April.