Hazel Hamilton is the nurse manager for Annandale and Eskdale district nursing services and is also a Queen’s Institute Nurse. For some time now year 3 student nurses on placement are given a task to educate home care staff as part of their placement experience.
In the photograph below (from left to right) is Tanya Lowery, Amy Dalgliesh, Hazel Hamilton, Amber Peacock, Jennifer Cavender and Gillian Warwick.
The students worked with the staff in the care home one morning each week to guide them with pressure ulcer prevention. Gillian Warwick (Year 3 Student Nurse) said;
“Each of us working in the different ‘wards’ of the care home. At the end of our time there we put together a pressure ulcer prevention pack for each ward, which included, skin assessment bundles, skin inspection sheets, correct glide sheet usage, pressure ulcer grading packs and information leaflets from the tissue viability website that they can refer to and also give to new staff members to learn about pressure ulcers. We talked them through the pack in a little group presentation”
Depending on educational needs, Hazel guides and supports students to come up with a topic, examine the evidence and put together teaching materials and resources for the ward areas. I feel this is a great benefit to students and care home staff. Staff are updated and students gain leadership, communication, team-working and health improvement/health education experience whist undertaking this role.
An outstanding project- keep up the great work!