Sofia DE-OLIVEIRA (2nd year Nursing student) has been published in the Nursing Standard journal, commending her attitude and kindness demonstrated towards a patient whilst on placement.
The article features Sofia's story;
“I helped to care for a female patient in her sixties – I will call her Jane – while on clinical placement on a stroke ward in my first year of training. Jane had mobility problems, including a lack of coordination and balance, and had to spend a lot of time in bed. She had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia. Jane’s mobility problems were having a negative effect on her psychologically – she did not have any family close by to visit her or bring her anything, and was feeling down.
‘I feel miserable and frustrated because all I can do is to stay in bed and look at what other people are doing,’ she told me.
One day, when I went for my break, I saw activity books for adults in a shop so decided to buy one for Jane. When I gave her the book, she became very emotional and thanked me.
A few weeks later, when Jane was being discharged, she told me that my small but kind act had changed her hospital experience, not because of the activity book itself but because my attitude and the therapeutic relationship we had developed made her feel much more supported.
This experience made me grow not only as a healthcare professional but also as a human being. I discovered that if everyone does their best to contribute and gives a litt le bit of their time to those who need it, we can all help improve the patient experience.
I realised that going the extra mile for someone – or maybe an extra five minutes or 50p – really is worth it because it can change lives. Small acts, with little or no financial cost, can have a huge effect on patients, and change their views of healthcare professionals forever.”
Gabby Rowley-Conwy (Clinical Skills Tutor) in the College of Human and Health Sciences comments, “it's great to celebrate students who go the extra mile!”
Sofia said, "I'm glad I was able to make a difference and share my experience with other students. I see many other students making small things to improve patient care and I'm really proud to be part of this."
- Thursday 20 July 2017 11.39 BST
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