Notes from the nurses' conference

Posted on Wed, 22/05/2019 by Laura Edgar

Laura Edgar

Every year nurses and midwives from Gateshead come together at our annual Nursing and Midwifery Conference.

It is an excellent day to allow us to stop and realise how we are doing at QE Gateshead and allows us to celebrate our successes as a whole team.

It provides us with the opportunity to express and share all the excellent work we have undertaken to improve the services we provide to our patients, throughout the year.

It was inspiring to listen to all the innovative practices being carried out in areas we may not routinely be exposed to, such as digital care record development in maternity and the challenges faced by our community colleagues on the integration of services, to name just two.

Of course the market stalls are always a buzz of excitement throughout the day. Staff groups from around the Trust are invited to showcase their areas and provide educational information around meaningful practice at Gateshead. It offers a central place to chat and network with colleagues and there are always some excellent goodies!

The morning of the conference consisted of hearing from our leaders within the organisation. It was inspiring to listen to their dedication in delivering compassionate and inclusive leadership for us, ensuring we are valued and supported in our roles.

An awe-inspiring talk from Nicola Wood took us through her journey of living with and beyond cancer. Nicola is a truly inspirational lady who has turned her life-changing experience into a real positive by helping others. It really was a true privilege to hear her story.

Madeline Lee, our nutritional nurse consultant, spoke with such compassion and enthusiasm, it was very difficult to not feel motivated. "None of us are as smart as all of us together" is the epitome of collaboration and this was the key thread throughout the day. In order to work well, we must all work together.

A key message that I will personally take away from our QE Conference 2019 is that there is no more important voice than our patient’s voice. Their experience must be heard in order for us to continue to improve and to drive excellence within our organisation.

This is now my second conference that I have attended and can wholeheartedly say I feel motivated and inspired within my own practice. If you have the opportunity to attend a conference in the future, please do. You will most certainly enjoy the whole experience.

Take a look at photos from the day on our Pinterest board 

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