Student Nurse Emma wins “Hello my name is…” competition

A first year nursing student from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences has won a Wales wide competition by writing about how she uses the “Hello my name is…” introduction to make a big difference to her patients.

Emma Morgan-Williams, who is studying on the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree, joined other healthcare students from across Wales and submitted a photograph and written entry on how they used the “Hello my name is...” introduction with patients in their care.

The ‘Hello my name is’ campaign was created in August 2013 by Dr Kate Granger MBE, a registrar in elderly medicine who had terminal cancer. Dr Granger was an inpatient receiving treatment for post-operative sepsis. Frustrated by the staff caring for her who failed to introduce themselves, she launched a campaign to remind all healthcare staff about the importance of introductions in the delivery of care.

Emma said: “I am still slightly in shock that I was selected a winner of the 1000 lives "Hello my name is" competition. To think that my piece was peer reviewed and selected a winner is very humbling.

“The campaign is very important as it focuses on the importance of good communication, and the promotion of patient choice and autonomy. A simple friendly introduction such as 'Hello my name is' or as I say 'Hiya I'm Emma' can go a long way in creating an open channel of communication. This campaign has really made me aware of the importance of a good solid introduction.

For her prize, Emma has been given the opportunity to attend the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare which takes place in London this April.

Debbie Rowberry, who is a Clinical Tutor at Swansea University, said: “We are very proud of Emma! She was inspired to enter the competition when the deadline was extended especially for Swansea University students to ensure it coincided with when they went on placement. She was also very busy completing her first essay as a first year student, so it is a great achievement.”

The competition was hosted by the 1000 Lives Improvement Student and Educator Community. The Community is an active network of over 4000 students and educators across six universities in Wales. Members have access to the latest quality improvement training, resources, news and events as well as opportunities to take part in national competitions.