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Student nurse speaks before Chief Nursing Officer

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A Glyndŵr University student who developed a new scheme to encourage nurses in Welsh hospitals to improve their mental and physical health presented her ideas to the director of nursing in Wales.

Annette Thomas was one of a select group chosen to present at the annual Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) conference at Cardiff City Stadium, led by the current CNO Dr Jean White.

Annette wanted to do something to help nurses’ wellbeing after noticing on one of her placements that large numbers of nurses were regularly going without comfort breaks or drinks due to demands of their work load, increasing the risk of fatigue, stress and loss of concentration.

Her Take Two awareness scheme – offering staff regular drinks and encouraging them to take breaks – was trialled successfully on a hospital ward, leading to improvement in staff concentration levels.

Annette said: “Two minutes or 120 seconds is not long out of a working day but taking two can have a direct immediate positive impact on the level of patient-centred care given.

“The main message I wanted to convey to others through Take Two is that positive change is by choice and not chance. Students have the ability to push the boundaries by engaging in quality improvement – we are the future of nursing care.”

Annette’s former lecturer at Glyndŵr University Angela Williams, now lecturer in nursing at Bangor University, helped her to submit her idea to the CNO conference.

Angela said: “Annette has been inspired by 1000 Lives Plus Improvement Service, NHS Wales, and is always looking at ways of enhancing patient care.

“Her idea is a simple idea but will have a huge impact on patient care. Her idea encourages staff to look after themselves and this will help them feel more refreshed and focussed.

“It is excellent that Annette was chosen to present to healthcare professionals from across Wales at the CNO Conference. This is a credit to all her hard work.”

For more information on 1000 Lives Plus visit www.1000livesplus.wales.nhs.uk
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