Swansea student nurse Kirsty wins “Hello my name is…” competition

Kirsty Jones, a Year Three student nurse at Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences, has been chosen as one of four winners of a competition aimed at improving patient care and communication in Wales.

Kirsty JonesKirsty (pictured), aged 29, from Pwll, Carmarthenshire, who is studying on the BN Nursing (Adult) degree at the University's St David's Park satellite campus in Carmarthen, entered the “Hello my name is…” competition in the summer of 2014, submitting a reflective essay about her support for the “Hello my name is…” campaign.

The pan-Wales competition was run by 1000 Lives Plus, which is a national improvement programme which supports the delivery of the highest quality and safest healthcare for the people of Wales.

The competition aimed to build on the work of Dr Kate Granger, a doctor and terminally ill cancer patient, who is encouraging all healthcare professionals to join in her campaign to begin interactions with their patients with the simple introduction “Hello my name is…”.    

As a student nurse, Kirsty explained how a simple introduction is important not only with patients but within a multidisciplinary team.

Kirsty persuaded her colleagues to use this opening statement, recognising the importance of the patient’s point of view and their role within their own care.

Kirsty said: "The learning I've gained from entering the competition has built my confidence to improve my communication skills and assertiveness.

“I feel I am now able to effectively introduce myself and use cues to encourage introductions between other healthcare workers and the patient and their family."

You can read Kirsty’s winning entry on the1000 Lives Plus site here.

Kirsty and her fellow competition winners will now join thousands of healthcare professionals at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in London in April 2015.