Big thanks to our friend Diane Willis from Edinburgh Napier University for inviting Tommy. Last year Diane in partnership with Jane Joy, Irene Oldfather and Tommy produced a report on letters and performed an independent analysis of 417 letters from carers, sent to Tommy, sharing their experiences. The letters were gathered over a four year period after Tommy, asked carers to share their stories with a view to improving policy and practice.
We were so very glad to team up with Diane again, this time share our Make a Difference Campaign and new pledge publication, along with key message from Fiona McQueen, CNO Scotland.
A massive thanks again to Diane and the wonderful students for a brilliant day and inspirational pledges below.
I pledge to be the best nurse I can be.
Kirsty Russell – Student Learning Disability Nurse
I pledge to take a genuine interest in the story behind each of my patients; the story which shaped who they are.
Gillian Clyde – BN Nursing Student
I pledge to give each person a ray of sunshine in an otherwise dark day. I pledge to treat each person with the respect and dignity the deserve.
Ali Beddows – Napier University
I pledge to be there for a person and use every single minute of my life and work to make other people loved, important, valued and cared for.
Iona Slesaronok – Clinical Support Worker/Student Nurse/NHS
I pledge to make every person that I care for and their family feel less alone and be there whenever they feel like they can’t cope any longer. I wish to be their sunshine on a day full of rain.
Rhiann Tointon – Student Nurse
I pledge to continue and improve my ability to empathise with the people I care for and the people I will care for. See the person and not the illness.
Teri Walker – Carer/Student Nurse
I pledge to always leave everyone I care for feeling dignified and respected. To remember I am caring for a person!
Siobhan Scoular – Student Nurse
I pledge to treat everyone with respect and dignity. To remember everyone is an individual and has their own unique story to tell.
Michaela Watters – Student Nurse/Nursing Assistant
I pledge to always remember to give people time, to listen because everyone has an important story, message to give and help us to care for them, help us to be better professionals.
Kate Turasz-Singh – Care Assistant/Student Nurse
I pledge to care for people like how I would like myself or my family to be cared for.
Aimi Li – Napier University Student
I pledge to listen to and support every patient and their family, to make them smile and to make their lives a little easier.
Heather Inglis – Student Nurse
I pledge to take the extra 5 minutes with people to ask them about themselves and to give them the best level of care (what I want for me and my family).
Mairi Wedderburn – Student Nurse
I pledge to empower and support those who struggle to demand the care they deserve. To always think and ask how each person wants to feel/look and be seen and help them achieve that.
Ellie Coutts – Care Assistant/Student MH Nurse
I pledge to support the alliance and to raise the voice of others allowing their voice to be heard. To protect the integrating of those who suffer the condition. To support the fight to let people understand that people are more than a statistic.
Andrew Stevenson – Student Nurse
I pledge to continue to promote good practice, showing care and compassion.
Nicole Thayne – Edinburgh Napier University
I pledge to take the time to really listen to patients and their families.
Jessica Welch – Student
I pledge to love, to care, to value and enjoy the time I spend with my patients
Fortune Mukahadzi – Nursing Student
I pledge to see pass the medical and see the person for who they are and get to know them as an individual.
Agnes Sterling – Support worker/Carrgomm
I pledge to work hard to care for each patient as an individual, trading them with dignity and respect.
I pledge to do what I can to prove to people and help convince them there is hope and that it will be okay!
I pledge to encourage, motivate and inspire.
Louisa Gordon – Student
I pledge to listen with intent and never to walk past.
Susan Riches – Nursing Student (Child Health)
I pledge to relearn and help patients with their day to day activities. How to smile, how to live, how to eat and the joy of life. It’s my promise.
I pledge to respect the dignity of patients at all times and to always listen to their story.
George Asiedu-Nsiah – Student Nurse
I pledge to ensure people with dementia get the care and respect that they want and deserve.
John Geonet – Edinburgh Napier University
I pledge to continue to share my passion with others so I can provide the best care and support as a nurse.
Melissa Ward – Support Assistant
I pledge to always ask what matters to be mindful at all times no matter what is occurring in my personal like and not let my personal life effect my work and treat each person as an individual.
Emily Saunders – Senior Carer (St Magnus Hospital)
I pledge to see the person not the illness. Help the person to tell their story, listen to their story and find out what and who matters to them. Always treat people with dignity and ask how they.
Emma – 1st year Mental Health Nursing Student
I pledge to see each patient as an individual with history and interests.
Nicola Shirlaw – Napier Student Nurse
I pledge to always include the patient in everything I do, always make sure its ok with them. Protect their dignity.
Stacey Kennedy – Student Nurse
I pledge to take the time to stop and listen to the patients and to find out about their life, experiences and what makes them happy.
Li-Sian Song – Edinburgh Napier University
I pledge to make sure no one ever feels alone.
Jennifer Dawson – Student
I pledge to make everyone I meet smile.
Michelle Leydon – Student
I pledge to not let someone else’s opinions change how I care for someone and to never use the phrase “challenging again” to describe a person.
Hannah Buchan – Student Nurse
I pledge to support patients and listen to their stories and what they want from their care.
Donna Henderson – Student Nurse
I pledge to be a kind humane, understanding nurse. To be able to identify when people are scared and afraid and ask them what matters to them.
Ebun – Student
I pledge to always see the person – not just the patient.
Alex Monahan – Student Nurse
I pledge to never describe someone as challenging. Always try and be the best nurse I can and to never waste a patients day as its theirs (and possibly one of their last).
I pledge to spend some extra time finding out what matters to a person and make as many people smile a day as I can.
Debbie Purvis – Student Nurse
I pledge to never walk past something and allow it while on placement and once qualified.
Nicole Robertson – Student Nurse
I pledge to always see the individual and to try and make the experience as positive as I can for them and their family.
I pledge to offer support and compassionate care to every person I care for.
Grace Cartin – Student Nurse
I pledge to qualify as an adult nurse.
I pledge to really hear the person.
I pledge to care for every individual with respect and love, including them and their friends/family in decisions and being a solid support the whole time.
Rai Moseley – Student Nurse
I pledge to be the best and most consistent nurse I can be, always caring and listening to others.
William Gray – Student Nurse
I pledge to live to do my best to ask anyone I care for ‘what matters to you?’ and try my best to do anything I can to make them feel happy and loved.
I pledge to always scare for my patients with kindness, respect and empathy.
I pledge to always ask who and what is important.
I pledge to uphold and honour the dignity of all human beings both in practice and across my life.
Lux A. – Student Nurse
I pledge to serve service users with dignity and respect. I will value them: treat them the way I want myself to be treated. I will care for them with love.
Yakubu Movo-Zugui – Student Nurse
I pledge to always care and listen, to report poor practice and to work my best to make a difference and to get to know peoples wishes and wants and fears.
Laura Stoddart – Student Nurse (Adult)
I pledge to keep seeing the person as they were. Try my best to make them be who they are. Do my best to make the person feel confident and safe.
Matthew Byrne – Student Nurse
I pledge to treat everyone I care for as an individual and ask what matters to them and not what is the matter with them.
Connor Murdoch – Edinburgh Napier University
I pledge to ask patients what matters to you and to understand what does matter to them.
John Higgins – Student Nurse
I pledge to take the time to find out what matters to the individual person and their family.
Paula Wilson – Student Nurse
I pledge to always have an extra minute to get to know the person and family. As the person matters, family matters, people matter.
Jodie Tocher – Student Nurse
I pledge to say ‘hiya’ to everyone and genuinely listen to their stories. People are interesting and they are the reason I have found a job that suits me, I’m a nurse and I’m proud to say it!
Shala Kelly – Student Nurse/PA/Support worker, Thistle Foundation
I pledge to always take time to care and listen.
Amy Reilly – Student Nurse/Support Worker, Sense Scotland
I pledge to be real with the people I meet and to know the real person.
Rachel Suttie – Carer, Barchester
I pledge to always put the patients’ needs first and find out what matters to them.
Amanda MacKinnon – Student Nurse
I pledge to make the time to ask you what matters, to listen and return to what matters royally not me on the system but who matters to you.
Stephen Ramsay – Student Nurse
I pledge to remember Tommy’s story and my gran. What, who maters – being human.
Lesia Bauld – Student
I pledge to make a difference to all the people that I am going to work with today, tomorrow and in the future. I want to be a remarkable nurse!
Lindsay Mills – Student Learning Disability Nurse
I pledge to be approachable, empathetic, to listen. Do the best to my ability that I can to help one day, one person at a time.
Susan Laird – Student Nurse
I pledge to never stop working hard to become a child nurse, to help the little people who need that care and compassion when they need it the most.
Kyle Duncan – Student Nurse (Child Health)
I pledge to work hard to get to where I want to and care for people to the best of my ability.
Lauren Eilhody – Student Nurse (Child Health)
I pledge to care for people with the utmost respect each individual person deserves.
Claire Little – Student Nurse
I pledge to support vulnerable people to feel safe and empowered throughout their life.
Becky McArthur – Student Learning Disability Nurse
I pledge to always treat people with eh dignity the deserve.
I pledge to do all I can to make the lives of any patients or patients families I care for.
Aileen Roney – Student Nurse
I pledge to always see the person and give them the time and the respect they deserve.
I pledge to remember Tommy’s inspiring story when caring for people with dementia.
Lauryn Hastie – Student Nurse
I pledge to make sure every individual know they matter and what they say matters and listen too! To always see the person behind the illness.
Hayley Chrystie – Student Nurse
I pledge to make a difference in someones life. To take time to find out how the person is feeling. Take time to make them feel safe.
Michelle Tait – Student Nurse
I pledge to see the world from the perspective of the patient, to be as empathetic as I can even when I’m hormonal and fell grumpy as I do sometimes because I’m only a woman.
Trisha Jeram – Student Nurse
I pledge to be the voice of my patients and be the difference to the families making their lives as unique and beautiful as once before as close as I can
Rachel – Life Guard
I pledge to be an understanding, listening ear to every person I encounter in my career and my life. I will be the best nurse I can be; see past the illness and see people’s stories and selves behind.
Becky Clark – Student
I pledge to, in my everyday life within work and out of it, I will do all I can to help suffers and carers of people with dementia, treat them as the person they are and not the illness they have.
Marc Sweeney – Nursing Student
I pledge to be humble (more) to be kind (more), to understand (more).
Alan Cuthbert – Student LD Nurse
I pledge to do my very best to care for each and every individual as an individual and discover what matters to them.
Anna Hamilton – Student Nurse
I pledge to try and listen to each patient/patients’ family when they tell me ‘little’ preferences about how they would like to be treated e.g. their fave lipstick.
Claire Craig – Student Nurse
I pledge to make a difference and to know I was the reason behind my patients smile/laugh!
Caitriona Newman – Student Nurse
I pledge to promise to be the best nurse I can be, to treat patients like the person they are rather than the person they become.
Annette Beer – Student Nurse
I pledge that I will never see someone as a number or condition, I will see who they are and who they were. I will champion people and their unique lives and skills. I will always help in every way possible that I can and when I can’t I will find someone who can!
Ben Hugh Barclay – Student Nurse/NHS24 Call Operator/Care Assistant, Strachan House
I pledge to care for every individual with respect, dignity and individuality
Jennifer Ann McCay – Student Child Health Nurse
I pledge to take extra time in listening to people. Just another 5 minutes.
Natalie Johnston – Student Adult Nurse
I pledge to be a nurse that patients, families and carers remember for good reasons and to make a difference.
Caitlin Bell – Student Nurse
I pledge to always be the best person and nurse I can be, to always see the person and their lives and stories, to always be a listening ear and to always truly care.
Gem Taylor – Care Assistant/HC One/LD Student Nurse
I pledge to take the time to listen in order to meet the preferred needs of my service users.
Rebecca Morton – Student Nurse
I pledge that I will be the best nurse u can be and make sure everyone gets the best care they deserve.
Chloe Hayden – Care Assistant
I pledge to be the best and bring out the best in a person and what they want in life.
Nicki Varney – Napier University
I pledge to smile at every patient and person I meet. I shall view a patient as a human not a heath concern. Ask who they are and who they want to be.
Isobel Milne – Student Nurse
My pledge is to make the difference to people that your district nurse and my mums GP did