Big thanks to Anne Taylor and Cari Malcolm for inviting Tommy back to speak to 200 Nursing students at Stirling University.
Tommy had the great privilege to speak to students last year, you can read the pledges from 2015 students HERE
Tommy was joined by our volunteer Celia and our great friend Shaun Maher Strategic Advisor for Person Centred Care and Improvement.
We are truly inspired by the university, the students we met today and the inspiring pledges below.
My pledge is to ensure that nobody feels on their own no matter what they are going through and to offer support and help no matter what situation they are in.
Kathryn Moore – Student Nurse
My pledge is this time next year I would like to have enhanced my knowledge, being a more crucial member of a team of nurses. I want to make a difference among the people’s lives in my care.
My pledge is that I will do everything in my power to care for and protect the people that I work with every day and to take the time to listen, to their stories and to find out what matters to them and who matters to them.
Charlotte Helen Jefferson – Student Nurse
My pledge is to see my patients as who they are and not their illness or disabilities.
Abigail Connor – The University of Stirling
I pledge to always care for someone to the best of my ability and always treat everyone as an individual and respect the person’s values and beliefs.
No onwards always make sure that “Is that ok for you for me to do this for you”.
I will take the time to get to know a patient and their story not just their medical conditions.
I pledge to remember I am now a part of the person’s life and to treat them with respect and to care to the best of my ability.
Kaitlin Currie – Student Nurse
I pledge to do my job the best I can as a nurse and really listen to what each patient actually wants/needs.
I pledge to make a difference to people and carers by being genuinely interested.
Hannah Smith – Stirling University
I pledge to make a positive difference to every individual.
Niamh Kerr – Student Nurse
I pledge to listen to my patients and people I care for. To try and not be task orientated and see them as individuals. To be the best nurse I can be to the best o my ability.
I pledge to always make that difference to the individual and loved ones.
Michelle Thrafall – Nursing Assistant
I pledge to always listen to the person, hear what they are saying and help them to the best of my ability.
Charley Gilchrist – Student Nurse
I pledge to care for the person as an individual hear their story and not let them be defined by their condition.
Abbey Aitken – Student Nurse
I pledge to be a nurse who impacts lives by caring, listening and being aware of every individual their loved ones and all their needs.
Lyndsey Mackenzie – Student Nurse
I wish to support people of their weakest moments, to make a difference and to make all people in the world feel safe and happy.
Monika Inglot – Student Nurse
I want to care for everyone as I would for my own family.
I pledge to enhance quality of care to the best of my ability, ensuring to treat people as an individual and supporting them and their families through all aspects of their care.
I pledge to learn about the individual and their family, to listen and understand their situation and be the best nurse I can possibly be.
Nikki Lister – Student Nurse
I pledge to listen to people make them feel like they matter to me. Spend time with people and always aim to go above and beyond for people.
I pledge to always do my best for the patient. To see the person, they are and not the diagnosis.
I never want to leave a patient without trying to make them the happiest they can possibly be.
Eilish McBeth – Student Nurse
I pledge to treat every patient as an individual and always be compassionate to others.
Jennifer Baillie -Student Nurse
I pledge to never use the word “challenging” and to always care for the person how they want to be cared for.
Stacey Donnachie – Student Nurse
I pledge to help patients not feel scared.
I pledge that every day I wake up, to try and make someone’s life more positive, to listen and show how much I care.
I pledge to never walk past someone in need.
I pledge to be the best nurse I can be to be an advocate, to listen to everyone, including the voices that can not be heard and to treat others how I wish to be treated.
Paige Harris – Student Nurse
My pledge is to look at every person as an individual and to provide the best personal centred care I can using the gifts I believe to have.
Louise Devaney – Student Nurse
I pledge to listen to every person’s story, treat each person as a person and not merely as a person with a condition and go the extra mile to treat and value every patient/carer/family I meet.
Meg Rhiannon Preshaw – Nursing Student
I pledge to be kind, make people feel like they matter.
Caitlin Dyer – Stirling University
I pledge to be the best I can be, to listen, support and care. Ignoring all the frustrations of life making anyone in my care the centre of my attention to see the person behind the illness.
Corinne Downie – Student Nurse
I pledge to treat and support people, who have mental health conditions. To promote independence to make people feel safe.
Andrew Brogan – Mental Health Student Nurse
I pledge to always make time to listen to patients, carers and their families and offer any advice, comfort or help no matter how small.
Kirsten Sinclair – Student Nurse
I pledge to always consider the patients fears and the fears of those surrounding them.
Megan Byers – Student Nurse
I pledge to always listen and carer about each individual.
Emma Collis – Stirling University
My pledge as a nurse is to treat everyone with unconditional positive regard. To remind people I care for that I can be there hope, comfort and I can be the nurse to guide them in finding peace within.
Emma Hayes – Adult Nurse
I pledge to hold my patient’s hands if they feel scared.
Ariadna Ortet-Walkker – Student Nurse
My pledge is to make every person feel as though I have enough time to not just treat them but to listen to them and make them feel valued as an individual and not just another patient.
Nicole Muirhead – Student Nurse
I pledge to always get to know the person and to not define them by the illness that doesn’t define their lives.
Kara Young – Student Nurse
I pledge to make a positive impact on lives, care and give to people and to leave them with a smile on their face.
Darren Barry – Student Nurse
My pledge is to listen, support and protect choices of any individual and their families in need.
Sarah Sharkey – Student Nurse
To make an effort to always remember patient’s backgrounds and stories/life and not to just see their disease/illness.
Lucy Deas – Stirling University
I pledge to show an interest in the person behind the dementia e.g. their life and not the main focus to be about their dementia.
Kiera Grogan – Mental Health Nurse
I pledge to always look past a person’s illness and spend time to get to know them as an individual and not just their illness.
Abby Rafferty – Stirling University
As a mental health nurse is to treat everybody equally and not to be judgemental. I will care for clients/patients like I would like to be treated or cared for.
Lona Momo – Stirling University
I promise that I will be that kind, human, understanding ear. I will make sure I ask who and what matters to patient I am caring for. I will be the best nurse I can be and that starts with the little things.
I pledge to always listen to anyone that I come across in work and listen to their stories and experiences they`ve came across in their life.
Zara – Student Nurse
I pledge to make sure I ask everyone what do you want to do.
I pledge to make the person’s voice/choices be loud and heard. To always see the person for who they are and never their illness.
Jordan Munro – Adult Nursing Student
I pledge to be kind, always listen and see the things that others cant. To always see the person, father than the illness.
Megan McEwan – Senor Care Worker
I pledge to do all I can to improve the care given to the lives of people living with dementia whether it be giving them the care they need or being a support system for them to have someone who cares for them or simply just to listen to their feelings and emotions.
Rebecca Wilson – Student Nurse
I pledge to openly listen to what is important to individuals, taking into consideration how they are feeling and what they are thinking.
Shannon Lennon – Student
I pledge to treat my patients as people and not just a patient. Have a chat and make them feel that they matter.
Emma Grant – Student Nurse
I pledge to treat each and every one as an individual. Se the person and not the illness.
Karen Still – Student Nurse
I pledge to listen to patient’s stories and take time to learn and understand them.
Jodie – Student Nurse
I pledge to always see the person and not the illness and to keep peoples love stories going.
Laura Meade – Student Nurse
I pledge to be loving and caring, improve quality of others’ lives.
Today onwards I will always make sure my patients’ rights and choice and provide a good quality care. So, that I can make a difference in their life.
My pledge is to become a compassionate nurse and provide a high standard of quality of care for my patients and families.
Juby Joy – Student Nurse
I pledge to always listen to a patient’s story and see the person and not their illness.
Richard Munro – Student Nurse
I pledge to leave no job unfinished to always listen and to see past the illness or condition that individual is faced with.
Ailie Georgia Miller – Student Nurse
I pledge to always treat each person as an individual, to always care, lok after and ensure all is safe and cared for.
I pledge to be the best listener and tell my patients everything is going to be alright – because you are in safe hands.
I pledge to ask the right question (what matters to you) and to listen to the answer and do everything in my power to honour it.
To spread kindness and hope. You matter..
Sophie Colburn – Student Nurse
I pledge to always see the person for who they are and not for the task that needs to be done.
Leah Holt – Student Nurse
I pledge that I will always look at the person and not the condition. I will put people at the centre of their care and always ask who matters and what matters to them.
Danielle Fensom – Nursing Student.
I pledge to always be kind, compassionate and caring.
Louise Graham – BSc Mental Health Nursing
I pledge to give a little more time to listen to my patient’s life stories.
I pledge to understand and listen to patients and family stories.
Conor Kevin McQuaid – Student Nurse 1st Year
I pledge to try to make a difference. How to consider the person behind the conditions and always think how they would like to be cared for.
I pledge to help people and make a difference.
I pledge to always care for people because it is human nature to care
Laura Crook – Student Mental Health Nurse
I pledge to pay attention to the individual. To learn about them and to tailor my care to their needs.
Leanne Patrick – Student Mental Health Nurse
I promise to make it through nursing school and be the best palliative care nurse I can be *in my memory George*
Janet Thomson – Care Assistant/Student Nurse
I pledge to be a voice for, those who are now voiceless. Dedicate my life to caring for others, listening to patients with dementia and showing them they are loved and cared for.
I pledge to make the time to get to know patients and what matters to them.
Megan Welsh – Student Nurse
I pledge to get to know the person/their lives. Know what matters to the person and their family/loved ones. Love and listen.
Claire Paris – Student Nurse
I pledge to always listen and learn all my patient’s lives before dementia. Always look beyond the patient’s diagnosis.
Robyn Kennedy – Stirling University Student Nurse.
I pledge to always treat patients as people with stories and not as people with a condition.
Alex Godfrey – Stirling University Student Nurse
I pledge to learn something about every patient I meet and never define them as having dementia.
Katie Dickenson – Student Nurse
I pledge to understand the story and personality of every person I care for.
Rachel M Kerr – Student Nurse
I pledge to make a difference in each patient’s life. For them and their families.
Michelle Paton – Stirling University
I pledge to make a difference, giving people a voice.
My pledge is to always take the time to listen, to help, and support families hopefully fulfil a dream of becoming a community nurse and support families.
Vicky Gilmour – Student Nurse
To be caring, compassionate, show respect, while getting to know the person and not the disease. I will be their voice.
Vicky Allan – Student Nurse
I pledge to see someone for the person they are and remember everyone has a story.
Laura McLean – Student Nurse
My pledge is to always show support and kindness to everyone that needs me. Not only as a nurse but as a friend, mum, daughter and sister and wife..
Chanade Elliot – Nursing Student
My pledge today is to make a difference and continue peoples loves stories.
Cheryl Wright – Student Nurse
I pledge to always listen and take time, and to provide the best care I can.
Victoria Gordon – Student Nurse
I pledge to give the best care possible throughout my nursing career
Claire McCourt – Stirling University
I pledge to treat every patient the way I want my grandma to be treated. To treat every carer the way I want me and my mum to be treated.
Vanessa Saunders – Student Nurse (Mental Health)
I pledge to see the person for what she/he was, rather what condition they are suffering with. Our past matter. To see me as I matter, to make me feel like I matter.
Oksana Gill – University of Stirling
I pledge to see the person and not the illness.
Peter Gallagher – Student Nurse
I pledge to always think of things from a patients/carer perspective and be non-judgemental. To always realise there is a bigger picture to everything.
Peter Gallagher – Student Nurse
My pledge is to be a flicker of light in the darkness of hopelessness by regaining faith in humanity.
I pledge to care for others with empathy and kindness also to listen and be someone to turn to at all times.
Hannah Libby Jennings
I pledge to be the best nurse I can be, to be there for patients and their families and give time. To always treat people how I would like my loved one to be treated.
I pledge to listen and always care. Also, take the time to be there.
Susan – Student Nurse
I pledge to make a difference. I will take the time to listen, care and support those who need it. To always make sure that the person I care for knows they are important and that they matter. That they matter to their friends, family and to me.
Laura Grant – Student Nurse
I pledge to be the best most caring nurse I can be, and always see my patient as the person they were, are and want to be.
Laura Graham – Student Nurse Year 1
I pledge to always give patients and their families the best care and support I can and to always listen to them.
Kate Stapleton – University of Stirling