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Student nurse initiative: 'Basically we need to remember that we are all there for the patient'

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Being a student nurse is the best thing I have ever done.

Helen Price-SNT

Helen Price

“Being a student nurse is the best thing I have ever done. I would encourage anyone who wants to make a difference to people’s lives, to consider training to be a nurse as it’s so rewarding and teaches you a great deal about people from all walks of life.”

Helen Price, 30, is a third year Adult Nursing student at the University of South Wales and is currently on placement at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.

She has recently been selected as a finalist for this year’s NHS Wales awards, for her project which aims to improve communication between nurses and patients. Helen also won an award in the same category in last year’s awards.

“My project is called ‘Respond with Heart’, and focuses on care of the elderly. It’s a communication tool which was inspired by Dr Kate Granger, a terminally ill cancer patient who started the ‘Hello my name is’ campaign.

“It’s a simple project that encourages nurses and other medical staff to introduce themselves to patients, and I’ve implemented some of its principles in my work.”

‘Respond with Heart’ reminds people to communicate with compassion and care, even in times when you’re rushing around the ward – basically we need to remember that we are all there for the patient.

“I have a keen interest in quality improvement, and using the impact communication as a tool to make positive changes.

“I’m very flattered to have been chosen as one of the finalists for the NHS Wales Students Improving Patient Safety and Quality Award. Just to have the opportunity for my work to be shown to others is a great opportunity, and I hope the project can be taken forward to more health boards in the future.

“I previously worked as a health care support worker and really enjoyed my job, so much so that I decided to go back into education and train to be a nurse, as I thought it would provide more options for my career.

“After doing the foundation course in Health and Social Sciences, I started the three-year degree course in adult nursing and have honestly loved every minute. The tutors are really supportive and I have learnt so much about the profession.

“I would like to come back and do the masters course in clinical practice once I graduate.”

Helen Price is studying adult nursing at University of South Wales

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