Swansea student nurse announced as winner of ‘A day in the life of a patient’ 1000 Lives photo competition

A student nurse from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences has won a Wales wide competition by documenting ‘a day in the life of a patient’

1000 Lives Photo CompBianca Jourdain, who is a second year child nurse, picked up her smartphone to capture the picture for the 1000 Lives Plus photo competition that took place in June.

The competition challenged healthcare students from Welsh Universities to look at the environment around them, and put themselves in the position of a patient. Entries captured a moment in time and included photos from the view from a hospital bed, to what patients see on their way in and out of an appointment! The competition aimed to strengthen students’ transferable skills in empathy, compassion, dignity, respect and person-centred care.

Bianca said: “The competition captured perfectly what we are taught in lectures and on placement. This is to always put yourself in the shoes of the patient to provide care that is individual and holistic. If we see care from a patient’s perspective, we can understand how to deliver it in a way that is best for them.

“This is fundamental in paediatric nursing, taking into account the child or young person’s developmental level, experience and understanding. As student nurses, we can use the environment around us to our advantage in the application and delivery of such care, for example, by treating a child’s toy before treating the child”.

For her prize, Bianca was given the opportunity to join over 2000 healthcare professionals at the Patient Safety Congress in Manchester. She added: “I believe this competition and the support I have received from Swansea University has given me an opportunity to not only attend congress, but also to meet likeminded students and staff, expanding my knowledge and interest in nursing even further.”

Carla Morgan, who in in the first year of her Adult Nursing degree at Swansea University was awarded a runner up prize for her entry, she said: “This photo of just one of the signs put around the hospital to help those with dementia and other disabilities. We can sometimes take advantage of the daily things we carry out, this positive change is not only raising awareness for dementia, but it’s giving patients and visitors more independence, which is something that we should always encourage.”

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.