The work and dedication of nurses and midwives were celebrated last week at the Nursing Ground Round at Ko Awatea with talks and presentations about the initiatives they head across Counties Manukau Health (CM Health).
Promoted by the Patient and Whānau Centred Care, this grand round was part of the activities held by CM Health to mark International Nurses Day (12/05).
The host, director of nursing Denise Kivell, opened the event commending nurses and midwives’ efforts in improving experiences of health and care, and celebrating their achievements. “Everyday, you do an amazing job in the wards. Thank you for your commitment and the dedication you show to our patients and families”, said Mrs Kivell.
Clinical nurse director Jacqui Wynne-Jones then presented the evaluation of the Patient Safety leadership walk rounds. Over the past four years, 31 areas were visited, 16 revisited and more than 250 patients and 300 staff have been interviewed.
The evaluation revealed that the benefits of the walk rounds have been multifold: where strong leadership is visible, staff feel valued and love coming to work; they have promoted opportunities to focus on improvements; have provided an external view to support leadership on wards, for the people by the people; have grown teamwork and charge nurse leadership; and have highlighted staff and roster issues.
The event continued with the presentation of Call for Concern, an emergency line for patients and family/whānau members to call for immediate help if they become concerned about changes in a patient’s medical condition. According to Susan Takerei, associate charge nurse manager from the Patient at Risk team, the service has so far been successfully piloted in eight wards and will soon be rolled out in the adult inpatient wards at Middlemore Hospital.
To close the talks at the grand round, nurse Reuben Sutton, who was part of the inaugural Emergency Department Nursing Scholarship programme, presented the findings of a patient experience project in the emergency department that examined the effects of repeated questioning of our patients and whānau.
During the grand round, Mrs Wynne-Jones acknowledged the invaluable contribution of the nurses and highlighted that “there are a lot of bright spots in this organisation; we need to spread the instrumental activities they are leading across CM Health”.