"Care and compassion on ward C51 at QMC"
About: Queen's Medical Centre / General medicine Queen's Medical Centre General medicine NG7 2UH
Posted by Jo ax6 (as ),
I visited my father in law on ward C51 today.
I'd just finished a day as a senior manager in the NHS (not QMC) feeling tired and anxious about my father in law's condition. My mother in law's comment during his last admission in October has stayed in my mind... the nurses are fantastic, there just aren't enough of them.
The chief nursing officer's reference to nurses focussing on care and compassion has also triggered many thoughts. I have spent 27 years in nursing and believe the greatest gift we give our patients is time and to demonstrate care and compassion nurses need time!
Although nurses on C51 clearly struggle to have time with each individual patient, when they did they showed care and compassion that should make them proud.
I'd particularly like to thank Keith, my father in law's primary nurse. He was friendly, informative, caring with good humour, essential ingredients for a good nurse. He also involved the family in my father in law's care, which is so important in my opinion.