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ED notches up triple award success

ED team

Morriston Hospital’s Emergency Department has won an award for helping train the next generation of nurses working on the front line.

Swansea Bay, in partnership with Swansea University, holds the Practice Supervisor, Practice Assessor and Team awards on an annual basis.

The awards are in recognition of the contribution that colleagues in practice provide student nurses and student midwives to ensure that they develop and learn their clinical skills.

 The picture above was taken at a time when face coverings weren’t required: From left to right Ryan Lane (senior charge nurse), Gabby Wilcox (sister/PDN), Nicola Bromham (PDN), Vania Silva (staff nurse), Nicola Chivers (staff nurse)

The department as a whole won the Exceptionally Innovative Learning Environment award, with its Children’s Emergency Unit (CEU) picking up the Practice Education Facilitator award.

In further good news, senior nurse Nicola Dunn won the Practice Assessor of the Year - Child Branch award.

Sue Jones, Lead Practice Education Facilitator within the health board’s Practice Education Facilitator team (PEF), said: “The awards are important and recognise the complexities that some practice supervisors, practice assessors and teams are faced with when supporting student nurses.

“They also celebrate the achievements of those who help train the next generation.

“ED colleagues ensure that they nurture the student nurses, engage with them and develop their knowledge and skills.”

The ED’s triple triumph is a first in the seven years that the awards have been held.

Sue said: “They are the first department ever to win three awards in one hit.

“They were absolutely delighted. Every department within the health board is busy, but ED is unbelievably so.

“They’ve got it right. They have the individuals who as a team recognise the importance of safeguarding the nursing profession and who can offer the right support for students who may require reasonable adjustments to ensure a successful placement.”

Ryan Lane, a charge nurse in ED, said: “The department has worked exceptionally hard over the past two years under unprecedented pressures but has still ensured that they have kept the student nurses’ learning requirements at the forefront of everything we do. 

“We have a very close relationship with Swansea University and PEF at Morriston Hospital. We are all delighted within the department to have won these awards, all of our hard work has really paid off.”

One nomination read: “The education team has set up a unique learning environment within an extremely busy department. As a student I have had amazing opportunities to learn and grow, develop confidence and reach my goals.”

Another said: “The Emergency Department gave me the confidence, motivation and knowledge to work alongside the team in the busy, chaotic unit.”

A nomination for the CEU said: “Over the past year the Children’s Emergency Unit has been an inspirational placement to many students. 

“The department has regularly exceeded their student nurse capacity number to ensure each student has a clinical placement. The practice assessors, practice supervisors and other members of the in the unit provide exceptional support to all who have placement there.”

Nicola Dunn was praised in another nomination, which said: “She always takes the time to explain and teach things and always states that no question is a stupid question. She is a pleasure to work with and is so kind and considerate.”

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