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Glyndŵr University first in Wales to introduce dignity pledge for graduate nurses

31 October 2012

Nursing graduates at Glyndŵr University are leading the way for upholding standards of patient care by taking a ‘Dignity Pledge’ upon graduation today.

More than 70 nursing graduates from the Wrexham-based university’s Health Sciences department have taken a vow to work with, and for, patients to provide them with dignified and compassionate care, that results in a positive patient and family experience.

Developed by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the Dignity Pledge aims to ensure that appropriate standards of care are delivered by the students following their graduation from the university.

Improving dignity in health care is currently an issue at the top of the political agenda, with the introduction of patient-led inspections the Prime Minister’s latest initiative to improve the quality of NHS care. 

Junior Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter reiterated the priority needed on providing care and dignity for older people in the Guardian this week (30th October 2012)

Earlier this year the Health Board presented their Dignity Pledge to the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales, resulting in existing staff affirming their commitment to the Pledge while all new nursing staff are now required to take this pledge upon appointment.

Through taking the Dignity Pledge, the Department of Health Sciences at Glyndŵr University are hoping their graduate nurses will lead the way in providing compassionate care for patients and ensuring that the standards of health care are improved throughout the NHS.

Pam Hope, Academic Lead for the Department of Health Sciences said: ”Glyndŵr University has both social justice and employability at its core.  The pledge taken by our graduates is the perfect embodiment of these values, helping to preserve the dignity of patients while also ensuring our nurses are equipped with the standard that will help them become leading healthcare professionals.”

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