Bear Hunt

Posted on Tue, 17/06/2014

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Gateshead nurses go ‘on a bear hunt’

Nurses at Gateshead have used a popular Children’s story to explain how healthcare staff can better understand the needs of youngsters attending hospital as part of a recent conference.

A group of paediatric nurses from QE Gateshead used the well-known children’s story “we’re going on a bear hunt,” by Michael Rosen to explain to colleagues how they support children and make it easier for them when getting hospital treatment.

The lively presentation used the much loved kids story to explain how children can feel frightened and confused when coming into hospital and how nurses and other healthcare professionals can use a range of techniques to help ease this journey.

More than 100 frontline nurses and midwives where there to enjoy the presentation and explore the challenges facing healthcare professionals across Gateshead.

One of the key aims of the conference was to demonstrate how QE Gateshead is delivering the NHS Compassion in Practice Vision around the six Cs. This is the overall vision for nursing across the country and the six Cs stand for: Care, Compassion, Communication, Competence, Commitment and Courage.

Nurses and midwives from across Gateshead gave a range of presentations about the real life application of the 6Cs and demonstrated how they are embedded in their day to day work.

Some of the key achievements outlined during the presentations included the use of technology to improve patient outcomes, better ways of communicating with patients (especially after laryngectomy) and the development of a support group for stoma patients.

Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Quality Gillian MacArthur said:

“We wanted to look at the challenges facing nurses and midwives but also share some of the lessons of what’s working well across the whole workforce. It was fantastic to hear some of the real, front line stories about how our nurses and midwives are using the six Cs in their everyday work with patients.

“We’re really proud of the care and compassion that our nurses deliver every day and it was really useful to share the techniques and new ideas across a wider group. By coming together and celebrating some of their achievements of the past 12 months, it also provided a great learning opportunity for everyone.”

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