Student nurse, Oluwafemi Faniku, thinks student nurses have alot to offer
Compassion in nursing is difficult to measure in an audit and the many checks routinely used on wards to look at care outcomes.
But it can be described - especially when received by patients. It’s generally accepted that most of the failings identified by the Francis enquiry were a result of failings in giving compassionate care.
I believe it is essential as a student nurse to keep on building your capacity to give compassionate care at all times, regardless of the challenges associated with caring in the NHS.
I personally ensure that in any task I do, there is a touch of compassion included
It’s a personal choice but an important one.
Nursing is a unique profession that gives us the priviledge of touching people’s lives at their very lowest and often most vulnerable. We have the opportunity to bring healing through the care we give.
Students should be aware of their environment and own their practice.
I personally ensure that in any task I do, there is a touch of compassion included. Smiling, saying hello, being friendly, approachable and always there to listen and identify what the patient needs is crucial in giving quality care.
It’s worth remembering that we all share the same humanity and can equally be the ones receiving the care we give on the ward.
The 6Cs envision what care should resemble in the NHS.
Students should be supported to be courageous in questioning practice if it is below acceptable standards.
We have fresh eyes and can see beyond the organisational and cultural constraint on the ward
We have fresh eyes and can see beyond the organisational and cultural constraint on the ward. We can help in setting a high standard of care through our practices and that will demand more from us and everyone else. Otherwise it will be very unfortunate if the failings identified in the Mid Staffordshire enquiry doesn’t change the culture of care within the NHS.
Students are the future of Nursing and we should be champions in leading compassionate practice in care.
Oluwafemi Faniku is second year studying adult nursing at the University of Bedfordshire.