On Thursday I facilitated an online discussion for the student nurses in my module. The module is ‘Introduction to Children and Young People’s Nursing’ and the first half of the discussion was focused on how children are treated in hospital. We used Lauren’s List as the basis of the discussion. Lauren Sampson was 7 years old when she’d been in hospital more than 50 times. After becoming frustrated with the loss of control, Lauren taped a list to her door:
- Please knock on my door
- Please introduce yourself
- Please explain why you are here
- Please tell me if something might hurt
The discussion highlighted how sometimes nurses forget to knock on the door and after learning about Lauren, our students said they would be much more aware of how important this is. Knocking on the door before entering seems to be courteous and respectful, with one student suggesting that we wouldn’t just walk in to someone’s house so why would we walk in to someone’s hospital room without knocking? While the items on Lauren’s List may seem fairly simplistic, they are fundamental to an effective partnership in care.
The discussion also highlighted the need to introduce yourself and links were made to the Dr Granger #hellomynameis campaign. You can read more about this here. Our student nurses have also learned some British Sign Language this week. Some of them have even taught their children to sign “hello my name is…..”. Students reported the need to write down the name of the nurse caring for the patient so that the patient knows and can remember. This was something I did on every ward I worked on and I felt it was good for children and families. There are so many people involved in hospital care that it can be easy to forget names.
Explaining why you are here was discussed and reports of nurses doing procedures without really explaining why. We know nurses are busy but communication is key here. We talked about making every contact count and that every thing we do with our patients offers an opportunity to talk and communicate.
If something is likely to hurt, our students said they would be much more likely to discuss this in the future. Our students have a session on paediatric pain management later in the timetable and so it is really important to begin to think about children and their perceptions and understanding of pain.
The online discussion enabled each and every student to say something and so we had a different discussion to one we might have had in a physical classroom where not all students will offer their thoughts and opinions. We clearly have a great group of student CYP nurses who have been able to acknowledge areas for improvement and have identified actions for their next placement to make sure that they honour Lauren’s List.