Hywel Dda gives a Big Thank You to student nurse Shan

A dedicated student nurse and former Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator has been given a “Big Thank you” by Hywel Dda University Health Board for her extraordinary hard work and dedication to infection control improvements.

Shan Moses, a second year Adult Nursing student at Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Science St David’s Park Campus was praised for going “Above and Beyond” at Hywel Dda University Health Board’s The Big Thank You event, held in Glanwili Hospital in September this year.

Shan, who previously worked within the health board’s Infection Prevention and Control Department, said:  “The hard work and commitment to patient care was recognised when the hand hygiene compliance rates increased from 45% to between 90 and 95% during the 7 year period I spent as Infection Prevention & Control Co-ordinator within the Health Board. It was a great achievement.

“I was shocked, honoured, privileged and inspired to be recognised for my hard work and contribution within my role.” 

Shan changed career and begun her nursing studies in 2014. She added: “I felt it was time to leave the role and become a student nurse.  I could see my future career working as a nurse, carrying on with the good work in relation to patient care and hand hygiene while ensuring that patient safety is at the forefront of healthcare.

“I will continue to promote a high standard of patient care throughout my future career in nursing. Hand hygiene is the single most important thing to prevent hospital acquired infections.” 

Simone Bedford, Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the College of Human and Health Sciences said: “Shan has an enquiring mind and is dedicated to her studies.  Shan has a keen interest in infection control and would like to develop this further when she qualifies as a nurse; this award is recognition of her dedication and tenacity.”