Melany and Ashley, our first ever Director of Nursing Fellows
Stacey Francis, University of Northampton student nurse “We have so many amazing student nurses at all levels of training but Stacey has stood out since day one. She is always polite respectful and wants the best for her patients.” Ashley Gayton, practice development nurse
Daisy factfile DAISY awards allow patients,
their families as well as colleagues to nominate a nurse or midwife who has made a real difference through outstanding clinical care. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking
the Immune System) award was created in the US in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes following his death from complications of an auto-immune disease. The award marks the appreciation Patrick’s family had for the care and compassion shown to him and his family. To nominate a nurse or midwife
who had provided exceptional care, visit our website or pick up a leaflet at ward entrances.
Jolly good fellows! In 2018, we created a new nurse fellowship programme and recruited two of our emergency department nurses as our first ever Director of Nursing Fellows. Nurses Ashley Carter and Melany Sharpe still carry out their day job but they benefit from protected time dedicated to their professional and personal development.
Being a fellow means: Regular access to senior nurse leaders
as mentors having the chance to improve patient
outcomes through integration of research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement initiatives Exploring opportunities for professional development Melany said: “A&E is a great department to work in although it is very niche and specialised. Having this opportunity means
I’ve been able to get insight into the wider organisation. I understand the organisational structure more; there are roles that I didn’t know existed. We’re learning more about the organisation and also about ourselves.” Ashley said: “I applied for the fellowship because I was drawn to the professional development and leadership. It’s a new challenge for me. We benefit so much from having access to senior nurses and learning from them. Their insights are extremely valuable.” As part of their fellowship, both nurses are working on a service improvement project. Ashley’s focus is on patient safety, investigating how we can reduce instances of delayed medication for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Melany’s project is centred around employee wellbeing with a particular focus on mental health and resilience.
As well as securing a coveted position as a Director of Nursing fellow, Melany is also one of our Cavell stars. The Cavell Star Awards are awarded to nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who have been nominated by their colleagues as a special team mate who has shown exceptional care for either their colleagues or their patients and patients’ families.
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