It is with great pleasure that the team proudly display the 353 pledges made from Manchester University.
Massive thanks to all at Manchester Metropolitan University for inviting Tommy back to give 3 Talks to all the student nurses, of physio and speech pathology on April 6th.
Tommy had the great privilege to speak at the University at the end of 2015 and have been invited back to speak to all the nursing students over 3 talks. You can read the pledges from that visit here.
375 students attended the 2 hour make a difference sessions and we are truly inspired by the students we met, the messages we have received on social media and the inspiring pledges below.
Big thanks to Anne-Marie Borneuf, Senior Lecturer for looking after us so well on the day. Dr Alison Chambers, Vice Chancellor and Deans, along with Jaqueline Gladwin, Linda Garbutt, Janet Edwards, Sandra Coughlan, Faculty Administrator and all at the University for this kind opportunity.
Here is some great photos of the students making there pledges.
So grab a cup of tea and take some time today to read the pledges, thanks Team DCV
To always support and find what matters to my patient and make time for this to be implemented. Stop you: CN Wards not having adequate staffing to have time to.
Rebecca Jane Durand
I pledge that I will take the time to truly listen. To fully know a person and be a hand to hold. Stop you: If I stop nursing, which I don’t intend to ever to.
I pledge to give time and patience when caring for dementia care patients. To always be kind. Stop you: being in a high pressured busy ward environment. Not having the time to give the right care. However I hope to always overcome this.
I pledge to continue to take the time to listen to patients, families and carers about their lives and what it is that they need and do my best to help the,. Stop you: Time and short staffing.
I pledge to always listen and care for both carer and patient and to relieve their sense of isolation by delivering the best care I can.
My pledge is to always remember when caring for people the importance of the little things and the power and importance of listening.
I pledge to see past the dementia and know the person they once were and to be the voice for patients and families that have lost theirs.
Nina Clare Rogers
I pledge to see each person as an individual despite their illness or problems. To make a difference in as many people’s lives as possible and support and listen to anyone who needs it. To spread awareness for dementia and support anyone I meet with that. To live for what I love and let anything change that.
Stop you: Nothing will ever stop me from fulfilling my pledge.
I pledge to make a difference. To be an ear to listen, to every single happy story, every sad story, every love story. To find out what matters. And to be a voice and an advocate for those who have lost theirs. To be a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry on and smile to show those who need me that I care.
Stop you: The day anything stops me from fulfilling mu pledge is the day I would quit my job. Natalie McConnell
I pledge to always listen to cares of dementia patients so I can give them the best care because they know them so well.
I pledge to always listen and never lose sight of what is most important, the care of the patient.
I pledge to remember the person before the dementia. To be more dementia aware. Make a difference.
I pledge to support, listen and care for all individuals I meet and to treat people the way I would like to be treated, also to spend more time engaging and finding out more about that individual I am caring for.
Stop you: Nothing will stop me.
I pledge to never assume what someone can or can’t do and empower every individual in whatever way I can.
Stop you: Nothing.
I will never walk past anyone who has dementia and look like they need someone to talk to.
Stop you: Nothing.
I pledge to go above and beyond to help people and listen to what they have to say. If I don’t know the answers. I will find someone who does.
Stop you: Nothing.
I pledge to find out about the talents and love stories of those I am caring for.
Stop you: Absolutely nothing.
I pledge to always see the whole person, their story and their loved ones.
Stop you: Nothing should stop me.
I pledge to make sure no one feels lonely and listen to and appreciate everyone’s story.
I pledge to really listen, more closely and sincerely to what I can do to make a difference for patients and carers.
I pledge to remember the person, to not define them by their illness.
Stop you: Not listening to family, carers and the person. Time restraints due to staff shortages is an issue.
I pledge to always see the person and not just their condition and to do anything within my power to create a positive impact on their lives aswell as their families’ lives.
Stop you: Amount of time. Task management (takes time and isn’t a lot of time for personal info)Sherridon Knight
I pledge to listen to people and get to know them and their families. Ask them what I can do to make things better or easier for them. To refer to a patient by their name first and not their illness.
Stop you: Time.
I pledge to respect and care for all, irrespective of their illness, as illness does not define a person.
I pledge to take time to listen to patients, carers and relative about their stories, fears and about what makes them happy.
Stop you: Time/ward staffing levels.
I pledge to always act with kindness when caring for dementia patients and their cares. To understand their fears and offer support in times of need.
Stop you: Time.
I pledge to always listen, to always hear and ask about my patients, to understand their story and to centre my care around who that person is what they love, who they love and what makes them the person that they are. To understand the little things that are important.
Stop you: Time constraints at work – overcoming this by always making talking to my patients and their cares a high priority.
I pledge to do my best in listening and providing care as much I can for people affected with dementia, Lenny Moyo, student
I pledge to avoid using labels such as ‘challenging’ and ‘wanderer’ for dementia patients and try to understand their story and the person. Stop you: Being task-orientated and not sparing the time Kirstie Wallace, Student Nurse
I pledge to take the time to learn about the life of my patient, and see beyond their illness-they are not their illness. Stop you: Time constraints Bethany Jordan, student nurse
I pledge to get to know my patients, what is special and unique about them. Who their loved ones are, and about their life. Stop you: Time Student Nurse
To find out who they are and what matters to them! Stop you: Time! Sophie Wild, Student Nurse
To become more aware and offer support to those caring for someone with dementia. Chelsea Winterbottom
To always care for each patient to the best of my ability and not just see an illness or disease. Stop you: Not having enough time during my shift Samantha Humphries, Student Nurse
To treat every patient for the person they are, not their condition Stop you: Time and support Sarah Risley, Student Nurse
To ask before I do. To look beyond a person’s illness and see them as an individual and for the life they have lived. Gabrielle Cohen, Student Nurse
I pledge to always see the person before the condition. Stop you: Time Hayley Gleadhill-student nurse
To listen and care for a patient as a person and not just their illness and to include their carer. Zeynab Saleh, Student Nurse
To take the time to find out what matters to the people I have the privilege of caring for and their families/carers and ensure they know and feel they matter to me.
The increasing pressures of targets and tasks reducing the amount of time nurses can spend with patients. Sonia Potts, Student Nurse
To ensure that I always see the person for who they are and not to label them with their diagnosis. I pledge to also remember to care for and support the carers of my patients.
Not having enough nurses in my work areas, therefore causing me to not be able to give my full attention to patients and their carers due to excessive work load. Eldeca Gordon, Student Nurse
To take the time to speak to each and every patient every day and learn something new about them. Stop you: Poor staffing which reduces your time and makes our work task orientated Sarah Pike, Student Nurse
To ask about the past to understand what they want in their future. Nicole Skaife-Student Nurse
To take the time to find out my patients story and what matters to their family. Sally Cameron, Student Nurse
To listen to my patients and deliver care in the way they want it to be. Stop you: Nothing Laura Hodkinson, Student Nurse
See past conditions and get to know the person, ask them about their story-find out what matters to them. Stop you: Nothing Sarah Pearson, Student Nurse
My pledge is to make a different to people and carers of people with dementia. Stop you: If I don’t ask what matters, listen to what matters and do what matters Shaunna Browne, Student Nurse
I pledge to always take the time to find out who the person is first and to never overlook the little things that make them who they are. Kayleigh Linney, student nurse
To look past the dementia and find out who my patient is and how I can help that patient be the person they were prior to dementia. Georgia Bennett, Student Nurse
To make sure I treat every patient I meet, every day, in the way I would expect to be treated and to make them smile. Stop you: Nothing!! Because this what I have chosen to do Diane McInnes-Student Nurse
To always make a point to find out what matters to the patients. Stop you: Staff and time shortages Gemma Wardle-Student Nurse
To learn to understand the person and their life story-not just the illness. Stop you: Workload and time constraints. Jenny Settle-Student Nurse
I pledge to never allow dementia to define a person I care for and always see them as individual with their own life story. Stop you: Improper time management. Robyn Norrey-Student Nurse
To ask who my patient was, is and wants to be. And to promise to be there for when they are scared, and follow this through! Stop you: The time the pressure to fit this in a busy ward routine. Nursing being task-orientated rather than people-orientated Freddie Lees-Student Nurse
I will find out as much as I can about the person and not the illness, to try and understand what is important to them and their families. Stop you: Shortage of time/staffing levels enabling me to take the time to get to know a person better. Lisa Parker-Student Nurse
To treat each person as an individual, to take time to listen and be interested in their story. To allow people to be at the heart of their own care, and to try and make their lives better. Lack of time/short staff? Would always still try to put patients first-despite these potential issues. Gemma Stratham, Student Nurse
My pledge is to try and be that nurse who makes a difference to patients with dementia and their carers by listening to their problems and offering solutions to the best of my ability. To be that district nurse and to reassure them that they are not alone. Stop you: Time, staffing levels, resources Jenna Buckley
To not define people by their diagnosis and to try to improve the experience of both people with dementia and their families/carers. Stop you: Time and workload. Alana Bartlett, Student Nurse
I pledge to continue to care for and support all those who are in need of my help and who I am able to assist. Stop you: Nothing Daniel Homes, Student Nurse
I pledge to continue to always see the person. Not the illness. Stop you: Nothing
My pledge is to always introduce myself and take the time to listen to others introducing themselves and to listen and to be interested in who they are and what they want to say or ask. Chloe Hardman, Student Nurse
To take the time to listen to a person’s life story ask, listen and do what matters. Stop you: Time barriers, staffing issues Eleanor Ling, Student Nurse
I pledge to be the best nurse/person I can be. To listen to others and t respect their past, present and future, their individuality. To speak out when others can’t and to simply be there for people who need it. Stop you: Time constraints/nothing ideally. Tania Tattersall, Student Nurse
I pledge to understand the previous story of my patients with dementia to provide the best and quality care today. Stop you: Time and high workload Sheron Sebi, Student Nurse
To ‘listen’ to everyone’s story, both of patients, relatives and carers. To ensure each and every person is treated as an individual, to try my upmost best to listen and understand their story and their needs.
I hope I am always able to fulfil my pledge, if obstacles/barriers prevent me having time to spend as much time with each patient and their families, I will try my upmost best to overcome this obstacle. Kelsi Ingham Student Nurse
To act, listen, kindness & courage. Stop you: Time, management, politics, culture, fear Lisa Barrington-Student Nurse
I pledge to spend as much time as I can supporting people living with dementia and their carers. I pledge to find out who people are instead of focusing on who their dementia has turned them into. I pledge to help people with dementia live the life they would have wanted to my best ability. Stop you: Nursing is often task focused and works at the patients condition instead of who they are. Hannah Weatherhill, Student Nurse
To bring joy and happiness to every dementia patient and their families. Student Nurse
I pledge to look beyond disease and diagnosis and see the person and their love story. Stop you: Fear, lack of courage Michelle Dymond, Student Nurse
To sprinkle a little kindness in everybody’s life I care for, including families. Stop you: No such thing Lindsey Dobson, Student Nurse
I pledge to always think of what a person wants before what their illness says they need, put a person first, not the dementia. Stop you: Time to get to know/understad a patient Alice Tyas-Stubbs, Student Nurse
I pledge to be more conscious of carers and help them to help their loved ones to the best of their abilities. Stop you: A lack of time and resources, poor management Emily Bishop, Student Nurse
I pledge to always take the time to listen to someone. Stop you: Finding the time to truly get to know the patient Rebecca Penny, Student Nurse
My pledge is to take time to find out people’s stories, and what matters to them. Stop you: Nothing, because everyone matters Bethaney Kelly, Student Nurse
I pledge to continuously follow dementia friends so when I do come across an individual with dementia, I will feel supported and know how to provide the best care. Stop you: Nothing! Sarah-Jane Thomas, Student Nurse
I pledge to look past the condition and to see the person for who they are and what they value in life. Stop you: Time to get to know patients better in order to provide person centred care & support. Natasha Schofield, Student Nurse
Finding the background story of all my patients with dementia. Stop you: Being unable to find the information from my patients themselves Ryan Jackson, Student Nurse
To listen, support and empower everyone that comes into my care to value and respect them. Stop you: Time to build the knowledge needed to listen, support and then empower Lydia Scarle, Student Nurse To become more aware of a person for their life story, history and love story as opposed to focusing on the dementia. Stop you: Having the chance to build that rapport under time and stress of ward demands Jenny Campbell, Student Nurse
To always find the time to get to know the personal stories behind the person living with dementia. To always aim to be the friends and support the person with dementia and their carers/families’ need. Stop you: Task focussed care, time restraints/staff shortages. Bethany Poulton, Student Nurse
To ensure that I will listen and understand my patients in the best way possible and take the most pride in everything I do to learn about the people I work with to understand what matters. Stop you: Myself, my own confidence Sam King, Student Nurse
To see the person behind the dementia. To ask about their lives, what they enjoy doing and try to keep their lives as normal as possible. Stop you: Time pressures Laura Williams, Nurse Student
To care for every individual with love, care and pride. To ease any fears and to promote optimism, love and hope. Student Nurse
To always take the time to listen to my patients, their loved ones and carers. To strive to make a difference every day-no matter how big or small. Stop you: A really bad busy day -but I will go back to my pledge and remember why I have always wanted to be a nurse and make a difference in people’s lives. Casimhe Mathieson, Student Nurse
To make a difference to people’s lives and let them know they are not alone I want to become the best nurse that I can be by listening to people’s stories, their lives, and what really matters to them and all the time supporting their families. Stop you: I will always fulfil my pledge. Claire Barnes, Student Nurse
To never forget the person behind the dementia. Stop you: If I don’t take the time to listen. Lisa-Speech and language therapist
I promise to listen to your story, be there for you and ask what matters to you, who matters to you and what you want to do. I will be there for you! Stop you: Nothing Esther Hardman, Speech and language therapist
To not speak over or about patients and/or carers in my training and career as a nurse. Stop you: Complacency Dani Lees, Student Nurse
Is to do the very best I can every time I meet a new person to help them the best I can. To see the person I’m caring for, for who they are and not their condition. To listen to what they have to say and try to help them through their worries and concerns. Stop you: Nothing Shauna Harris, Student Nurse
Sprinkle some love and happiness on everyone I meet. To lend a helping hand, caring, listening ear, precious time, to listen and try to understand every patient and try to make a difference to their day. To put them in the same stature as I put my grandma/family and how I expect them to receive care. Stop you: Not being at work or out and about is the only time I don’t come into contact with people. Verity Lewis-George, Support worker, SMBC, student Nurse
I pledge to take the time to listen to everybody’s story. To offer them comfort and support when needed. Stop you: Nothing!! Yasmine Khaddoumi, Student Nurse
I promise to never lose my compassion and tenderness when treating and caring for the people I meet. I pledge to keep learning and reflecting on the care I give to make it. Stop you: Nothing! If I ever struggle I will think of you and your lovely mother! Thank you for sharing her life with us today. It has been an honour to listen to you! Jessica Billingham, Student Physio,
To take more time getting to know the patient behind the condition, and take advantage of having that time as a student. Stop you: Time constraints, too much focus on box ticking. Student Nurse
To listen to what matters to people with dementia and see them as an individual Stop you: Not having enough time with patients Jenny Buckie, Student Nurse
To understand the pats of patients, their cares and families. Stop you: Nothing Hannah Marsland-Adult Nursing Student
To always listen and do my best to empower people who are carers and people diagnosed with dementia. Stop you: Nothing Rachel, Student Nurse
My pledge is to make sure that I treat each person with dementia as an individual rather than what their illness is. Stop you: Time constraints/pressure from people above Sarah Deakin, Student Nurse
To not define a person by their condition-to ask what would help them, listen and act on it. Grace Harrison, Student Nurse
I pledge to take the time to listen to the stories and learn something new each day about what matters to the individuals I help care for. Stop you: Nothing as I will make every contact count. Student Nurse
To make sure everyone understands how important they are, how loved they are and how incredible they are. To take the time to show how appreciated and supported every person is everyone at a beautiful person first and everyone should feel that way. Stop you: Hopefully nothing, however I will always try to overcome any barrier preventing me from fulfilling this pledge. Bethany Finelli, Student Nurse
To always make time to listen to people and learn about them because you don’t know what they are going through! Stop you: Time Pressures Molly Walsham, Student Nurse
Remember my own story when caring for those living, and caring for someone, with dementia. I want to remember how I wanted to be treated to make sure I care for those in way that they want, anything to help them. Stop you: Time constraints, forgetting my own story while trying to give everything I can to those who need. Amy Lawrie-Carruthers, Student Nurse
Take time to listen to the carer and their story of the family member. Stop you: Time, attitude towards carer bcause of staffing levels Megan Fairbairn, Student Nurse
My pledge is to get to know the person behind the diagnosis, ask them as well as their family/carers about who they are, what they like, their likes/dislikes, their story. Better communications to break fear barriers of staff, patient and carers. Stop you: Having the time and the confidence to step forward and ask but making the time has to happen Louise Boxall, Student Nurse
To continue trying to make people smile and to ask and find out what makes people with dementia happy. Stop you: Time Francesca Williams
To be the smiling, approachable nurse who will hold a patients, relatives, friends or strangers hand in times in need. Stop you: Nothing-a smile or to hold someone’s hand can take as little as a few seconds. Student Nurse
To make all my patients feel safe and comfortable with their care. To take the time to ask what they would like/prefer in regards to the care I provide. Stop you: Time pressures with work load and busy environment Emma Haining, Student Nurse
To do what matters and make a difference to my patients and their carers. Stop you: Death Abigail Lawrence, Student Nurse
To take the time to get to know the people I meet, their families, what makes them come alive and their stories. Stop you: Pressures of jobs and own mental health struggles. Kathryn, student
To ensure individuals and carers feel respected and comfortable by including them in decisions, always informing the patient and asking permission. To have courage and be kind. Stop you: Time restraints-healthcare can be task focussed and patient centred care can be forgotten Antonia Hodgson, Student Nurse
To ask those affected by dementia and their families ‘what and who matters most to them’ and do my best to support and value those individuals to continue the life story the would want to. Stop you: Nothing-I hope! Although heavy caseloads and time restraints may impede on my ability to uphold my pledge at times. Jenny Anderson, Student SLT
To treat patients as individuals, and take the time to find out something about them, that may help to make them feel secure, listened to and less vulnerable. Stop you: In practice time constraints would be the main barrier when fulfilling my pledge. However it is possible to engage in conversation whenever conducting clinical treatment. So I see this as a barrier that can be easily overcome. Victoria Beaver, Student Nurse
To look past the person’s diagnosis and support each individual to communicate their wants, needs, fears, and interests. Stop you: Other Colleagues who think this might not be important. Time Jaimini Joshi, Trainee Speech & Language Therapist
To achieve listen to peoples stories in order to find out what matters to them. Stop you: Mind being distracted by other thoughts, busy or reduced time opportunities. Jocelyn Brazier, MsC SLT
To make the time to get to know clients and those around them to make sur that I’m helping them in the ways that are important to them. Stop you: Pressures of the job Melanie, Student Speech & Language Therapist
To ensure that I understand more about dementia and care about the person behind the illness. Charlotte Grundy, Student Speech Pathology & Therapy
I pledge to make a difference in someone’s life everyday with a smile. Stop you: Nothing Adult Nurse
To see the person, not just their diagnosis. Take some time to get to know their story. Stop you: Time constraints. Chloe Hirst, MSc Speech & Language Therapy
To remember that everyone is a result of their life story. Just because they can’t remember it doesn’t mean that it no longer exists. It is a story that deserves to be told. Kathryn Reid, SLT Student
To take time to ‘tune in’ to the people I am working with and caring for. Stop you: Feeling under pressure sometimes. Julie Lachkovic, Speech & Language Therapy Lecturer,
To listen, love and care for the people I have the honour to care for. To always be there for people and their families when they are experiencing their toughest journeys. Always smile! Stop you: Shortage of staff Amy Wilson, Student Nurse
I will listen to as much of your love story as I can whether you are part of my personal life or work life and I will remember you. Stop you: Absolutely nothing
To educate more people about dementia care and ensure that I always see the person, not the illness. Also to support carers within their role. Stop you: Restrictions when trying to access different areas of help for patients and their carers, i.e time for waiting lists on referrals, no service access within area, ie admiral nurse support for carers Nicola Gorton, Year 3 Student Nurse
To stop and to listen, and to really hear what matters to someone living with dementia. Stop you: Time! Alison Fitton, Student Nurse
To make a difference to people’s lives, also being the first point of care for vulnerable patients. Stop you: When patients will not let me care for them as they do not want to let anyone in and help them due to loneliness and scared. Kadie Jones, Student Auldt Nurse
My pledge is to understand my patient and their family (if they have family) and to provide the best holistic and person centred care, so when they leave, I want to have made a difference to their life and if possible made it easier. Stop you: Absolutely nothing. We all must pass on the message! You can always make time. Jessica Slater, Student Nurse
I promise to do my best when caring for people and always keep respect and dignity at the main focus of my care. Stop you: Nothing! Student Nurse
I pledge to always listen and be there for provide support for the person living with dementia and their families. I will spend more time getting to know about the person’s past and what their life was like before the illness to help provide the best care I can for them and help them be the person they used to be. Stop you: I feel that if working on a busy ward time could stop me from fulfilling my pledge, but I will personally make sure that time doesn’t get in my way. Even if I have to stay later I will make sure I stick to my pledge. Stephanie Kay, Student Nurse
I pledge to always listen and ask about the person and their family. I pledge to look past their medical condition on their chart and see the person they are, their medical condition does not define who they are or who they have been. Nothing will stop me carrying out my pledge. Kerryann Lawrence, Student Nurse
To find out as much as I can about the people I care for: what do they like? What makes them laugh? Who do they love? What do they need to be them? Stop you: Not making the time to find out. Not listening properly to what people are already saying. Lucy Henderson, 1st year student nurse
To listen and think of how to improve people’s lives and also help carers and try signpost them to access help, support, try not forget about how being a carer also affects their lives. Stop you: Time to listen to the carer and help them because of targets and time keeping. Humera Haider, Year 1 Student Nurse
I pledge to always make a positive difference to people’s lives and to see them for who they are and not their condition. Stop you: Time constraints, task commitments on the ward, staffing levels. Carla Singleton, Student Nurse
My pledge is to look past the medical side of things and try to get to know the person behind it, what they’ve experienced in the past and go from there. Stop you: Time. Not being able to spend a lot of time to get to know that person Adult Nursing Student
To support and care for patients, their families, and carers with courage, compassion, and hope to ensure they have the best experience while within my care. Stop you: Task orientated environments, not having enough staff, insufficient time to nurture Student Nurse
To see the person behind their illness, to deliver individualised care, ensuring patients family and friends are involved to make the right decisions. Jennifer Byrne, Student Nurse
I pledge to see a person for who they are not their condition. Dementia does not define a person. Stop you: Time and staffing levels. Hannah Devenport, Student Nurse
To always remember to take the time to reassure the carer that they are doing a fantastic job, and to thank them on behalf of their relative/friend. Stop you: Constraints placed on us by the NHS regarding time & case loads. Carly Nisbet, Student of Speech & Language Therapy
By supporting people with dementia to reach their capability to the best of my knowledge. Stop you: Maybe a busy ward Student Nurse
To always ask patients and carers what is important to them as individuals, and be better prepared to give advice on services available, and support the patients and their families. Stop you: Lack of information to services. Time constraints and staffing levels. Richard Lamph, Student Nurse
To see the person, their family, their life, rather than the dementia. Stop you: Not taking the time Bethany Trunkfield, Student Nurse
To view the whole picture of every patient, remembering that they are individuals with different interests, loved ones and things that make them happy, just like me. Stop you: Forgetting why I wanted to be a nurse. Bryone Jones, Student Nurse
To see the person first and the disease second. To also keep the person who they were before the disease alive for as long as physically possible & help families and carers remember. Stop you: Time & resources Magola Bocquet, Student Nurse
To make sure I find out who the person I’m caring for actually is. Stop you: Nothing. David Hunter, Student Nurse
To offer more kindness to anyone affected by dementia, now and always. Stop you: I intent to pursue my pledge for as long as dementia remains part of all our lives. Charlotte Timm, Student Nurse
To pay attention to the little things that make you, you. Stop you: Having the time to get to know each person Hannah Bodrozic, Student SLT
To be kind, to care, and to treat the person, not just their condition. Stop you: Time constraints and having the time to get to know a person Laura Williams, SLT Student
To see past illnesses and labels and consider the individual as an individual with a family and a background and to continue to treat them as I would want a family member to be treated. Stop you: Time constraints, and having deadlines to meet. Beckie, SLT Student
To make sure I find out what is important to the individuals I care for. Rosie Murray, Student SLT
I pledge to understand and gain more knowledgeable about dementia to enable me to understand the change individuals with dementia got though in order to support them and also these who provide care to them. Stop you: The resources unavailable to support these with dementia and these who look after them. Jemma
I pledge to be there for the individual, family and carer. To listen and support and remember who they are and what matters to them. Ceri Moore
My pledge is not just to listen but always hear. Stop you: Nothing. Catherine Southward
I pledge to make the effort and make time for those with dementia to fully understand their wants and needs and not recognise those as their illness. Stop you: Time constraints/busy workload Katherine Margerison
I pledge to care for individuals for who they are and never allow dementia become all that they are. Stop you: Bust workload Ilid Jones
I pledge to always ask what matters to you? To make sure nobody’s identity is forgotten. Katherine Murphy
I pledge to take the time to see past the medical condition and really see and care for the person behind it, who has had an amazing life. I also pledge to do anything I can to make a difference to the life of the carer – no matter how small. Chloe O`Brien
I pledge to take the time to find out what’s important to people living with dementia and their cares. To provide support and comfort and be someone to turn to and a shoulder to cry on. To strive to the best I possibly can be and make a difference to people’s lives. Stop you: Work pressures, not having the time or the staff to provide the care and time we want to and that our patients deserve. Jessica Coombs
I pledge to get to know the patient with dementia as the person they used to be and see past their illness. Their preferences, dislikes and what is the everyday norm for them. I pledge to communicate with cares, friends and family to ensure I can do this. Stop you: If that patient had no friends/family that we were aware of. I would still contact cares and whoever knew this person and do the best I can. Charlotte King
I pledge to see the person first, not dementia. To continue to challenge outdated and inappropriate practice and to do my part to make the nursing future a caring, emotive and sensitive profession. Emma McNulty
I pledge to never lose sight of what’s important. I pledge to listen, support and hear your stories, so that you never feel alone or scared. My name is Rachel and this is my pledge to you. Rachel Bowis
I pledge to become more aware about dementia and its effects and to offer everyone affected by it the respect they truly deserve. Stop you: Nothing, respecting people costs nothing. Manners, a caring hand, time to listen and offer support.
I pledge to be patient, caring and to always see the individual as a person with a life story and not a condition. I will always address the individual how they want to be addressed. Stop you: Nothing.
I pledge to listen to my patients and know their story.
I pledge to listen and learn from the life stories of people living with dementia and their cares and always wrap it up with kindness. Jennifer Sheldrake
I pledge to remain dedicated and passionate about providing care that really means the word, to not just patient but to their cares and their families too. To provide a safe, caring environment for people in my care. To strive to be THAT nurse that makes a difference, in the most positive way. Educate others that kindness is the key to wonderful care. Stop you: Hopefully nothing, but if I’m feeling burnt out, I pledge to always remind myself of what a privilege it is to be a nurse. Francesca Leahy
I pledge to take time to understand what matters and who matters to people and their cares and families and do whatever I can to make a difference, whilst encouraging others to do the same. Niamh Begley
I pledge to remember every person holds a story, spend time to acknowledge that person and their life. Always spend time to listen to our patients, their carers and their families. Stop you: Me, myself and I Keshia Cadman
I pledge to involve and support cares in their loved ones care and to find out what makes the patient feel safe and happy. Emma Wiggans
I pledge to forever, care, support and listen to patients, carers, relatives and other health care workers as best as I can. Treating everyone as an individual. Danielle Spirou
Personally, I have noted a few symptoms in my Nan recently and have begun discussions with my family. Most importantly I will talk with her, I promise to spend more time with her and listen more. I am also trying to enrol on a psychology degree. In a work setting, I pledge to promote the wonderful work of Tommy and dementia related heroes out here. I will promote services more and commit to spread the care that is out there. Stop you: I can’t see any blocks to be honest but I’m only admin but will share as much as possible. Sarah Ward.
I pledge to use every opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people who live with dementia and those close to them. Both in my professional and personal life. I will show kindness, love and compassion. Stop you: Nothing….It is within my gift! Kim Wrigley
I pledge to continue to enlighten myself through education and to champion the role of cares. To always have time to listen to people and know that I have done my very best for patients and families Stop you: Attitudes and beliefs of others may make things difficult, however, it wouldn’t stop me. Lisa Goddard
I promise to try to find out what matters to the person with dementia and their cares and what I could do to bring them happiness. Also to increase my knowledge on how to handle such situations. Stop you: My lack of confidence or lack of knowledge on the area. I would love to make a difference. Sara Khan
I pledge to make a difference by learning and understanding what and who matters to the people I care for and their cares and families. And will encourage others to do the same. Stop you: Attitudes of other people and their lack of willingness to understand. This won’t stop me fulfilling my pledge it will make me more determined. Emma Goddard
I pledge to make every day precious to those I come into contact with. To treat every person as unique, never to judge or presume to see the patient as a whole not just an illness. Remember that each and every one is an individual and has a story to tell. I will continue as a nurse to educate and be educated and remember that dementia does not only affect the person. Always remind me of how I would want to be treated… Knowledge is power. Amanda Wild
I pledge to comfort those when scared, lonely and distressed. I pledge to be that nurse you`ve glad you`ve met. Bethan Philips
I intend to make a difference for the people I care for. Remembering I am part of someone’s story and to make it a good past. To make every interaction with that person and family count. Stop you: My death bed. Deborah Whittaker
I pledge to give a person with dementia the best possible way to communicate their message and feelings to help them retain their identity and let others know what they want. Stop you: Nothing. Laura
I pledge when working with someone who had dementia, find out what matters to them go that therapy is personalised for them. Francesca Woolf
I pledge to make every patient feel valued and respected for who they are not labelled for what they are suffering from. Stop you: Nothing should. Tom Gomulko
I pledge to see past the diagnosis and see the person. And make sure they know someone carers about them. Stop you: Nothing. Ellie Moore
I pledge to ensure every contact I have with patients, relatives and staff will be 100% focused on them, not looking at the person not the illness. Stop you: Pressures from the organisations/Time constraints. Michelle Maxey
I pledge to educate the ignorant and be an advocate for how to help patients remain themselves, to see the person and be there for them. Stop you: Nothing. Dave McCullock
I pledge to never to let dementia define a person, a parent, spouse, sibling, child, friends, companion, neighbour and soulmate. Stop you: Nothing. J.Edwards
I pledge to ways ensure I treat a patients as someone’s relation i.e. Mothing/father/brother and to take the time to learn about that individual’s current and past life. Stop you: Nothing. Jennifer Hampson
I pledge to always listen and to make sure I make a positive impact on everybody’s day, just by caring. Stop you: Time restraints. The nurse’s role being to role focused. Amanda Jane Burke
I pledge to make a positive difference to everyone I meet during my training and nursing career. And always see the person not the disease they are living with. Stop you: I will let nothing stop me from carrying out my pledge. Kerry Kinder-Bergin
I pledge to always find out what matters to my patients and their carers. Rachel Lawson
I pledge to treat all my patients as human beings with their own lives and stories. To make more of an effort to understand what matters to them and their families. Stop you: Time constraints. Not knowing enough about the patient. Katie Brown
I pledge to look past the word dementia. Stop you: Nothing. Natalie Vaughan
I pledge to always ask patients what their life story is. Stop you: Nothing. Bethany Haigh
I pledge to always make sure that informal cares are always well supported at home and have the resources to make their work easier. Stop you: Nothing Ellena Williams
I pledge to never turn a blind eye to something/an opportunity to help a patient or a carer. Stop you: Being task orientated, being too busy on the ward to remember the person behind the diagnosis. Molly McNicol
I pledge always to consider the carer, when caring for a patient with dementia. Always to ensure they are well supported and that they have all of the resources and love required to make their life easier. Stop you: Nothing. Sally Bell
I pledge to always see past the dementia and see the individual inside. That individual deserves, love, respect, care and support. No one deserves to feel scared and alone. Stop you: Nothing. Lauren Adams
I pledge to make sure I always give people the time. I will listen and try to understand. Lianne Bailey
I pledge to see the story behind each person. What makes them who they are. Rachel Gee
I pledge to always find out someone’s story and to make a positive difference to their care and go that extra mile. I also pledge to extend my support to the families of my patients. Henry Guy
I pledge to make sure I give every patient and their cares a voice and listen to their story. Kirsty McHale
To be the best nurse I can be. Stop you: Stress Amy Rose Allan
To be a friend to every patient I meet, and not just a nurse. Marie Thornton Student Nurse
To focus on the person, rather than the illness. To support and comfort anyone that needs it. Fartun Nur, Student Nurse
To treat every patient as an individual person they are not just see them as their illness they’re suffering from. Stop you: Stress-time management Miatta Sharka, student nurse year 1
To take the time to talk to career & relatives of my patients of the importance comforting simple thing that learn do while they are in my care. Stop you: Time, finding the courage to admit that I don’t understand the dementia that the individual patient has. Jennifer Ellis, Student Nurse (adult)
I pledge to continue to support people with dementia in living in their own home and being the person they have always been. Stop you: Time, negative communication between health professionals and family, carers. Gemma Sadler
I pledge to consider the relatives feelings as well as the patients. Stop you: Time constraints Lisa Ouverio, 2nd year student nurse
I pledge to know who I care for, listen to who I care for, and make a difference, whether big or small, to who I care for! Stop you: Me! Rachel Whitehead, Student Nurse
I pledge to be an advocate for all the patients I care for. To listen, to hold their hand, to be there, for them and their families. To make a difference. Charlotte Hopkinson, student nurse
As a student nurse & future Adult Nurse I will find out what matters to patients and who mattes to patients in order to give the best care. Stop you: Nothing Amy Dawson
I will always make time to get to know a dementia patients & their carer. I pledge to always make a difference without realising ‘m making a difference. I want to be remembered as a good nurse for all the right reasons. Stop you: Nothing! Lucy Derbyshire, Student Nurse
To treat everyone with kindness and to see the person behind the illness. Stop you: Stresses that come with the role of a nurse! Mandeep Kaw, Student Nurse
I pledge to stop and take the time to listen, understand and help patients and carers living with dementia. I hope to make times of difficulty slightly easier, even if its just a smile. Stop you: Time constraints and high workload and demand Jessica Pearson, Student Nurse
To ensure all my patients are treated with care and respect. For them to know they are not alone on their journey. Stop you: Short staffing, time constraints Katie Harper, Student Nurse
To take time to sit with my patients for 5 minutes to take time to find out about them and their families. Stop you: Short staffing levels. Cassie Lewis, Student Nurse
To listen to, and learn from, people living with dementia and their carers. To treat each person as an individual and try to get to know them. Stop you: Nothing Katie Rix, Student Nurse
To take the time to understand patients and what matters to them and their family. Listen and learn. Stop you: Nothing Jacqueline Thomas, Student Nurse
I pledge to always care for patients to the best of my ability and know them by their name and who they are, rather than what condition they have. Stop you: Nothing Mariya Hussain, Student Nurse
I pledge to treat people for the person they are and not the illness they have been diagnosed with. Stop you: Time restraints with each patient Amy Wynne, Student Nurse
My pledge is to listen, ask about people’s stories, life. Finding out the little things. Stop you: Time, limited staff. More patients. Rebecca Kearney, Student Nurse
To listen to and find out more about the person I am caring for. Student Nurse
To always care for the people the way I would want my family members cared for, always making time to listen. Hannah Stahr, student Nurse
To make a difference whether that be a little one or a big one. Nicola Smith, student nurse
I pledge to see a person for who they are and not their condition. As a suggestion I think it would be good to have something like a ‘diary’ or ‘passport’ where a practitioner could refer to on the wards/practice area to gain an understanding of who the patient is, especially if there is difficulty in communication, something totally different to the disability passport that disabled patients have as dementia is a health condition and NOT a disability. A person lives with dementia and does not suffer from it. Daniel Nixon, Student Nurse
Take more time to find out about person’s life and people they care about. Victoria Gee, student nurse
To give that extra minute with those who may not show that they need it and of course to those who obviously do. Matthew Hill, Student Nurse
To never forget the person you were, are and always will be. Stop you: I hope nothing will Joanne Botting, 2nd year student nurse
To make sure every person I care for feels as safe as possible, and to always listen to their fears, worries and anxieties. Stop you: I would hope nothing will stop me as it is something so basic and so important skill for a nurse to listen however there are always time issues. Gracie Power, Student Nurse
As a student nurse and a good person I pledge to treat everyone with compassion, dignity and respect. To do everything in my power to make someone’s lives that little bit better. Stop you: There is nothing that can stop you from being a good person, from seeing right from wrong! Jess Storr-Barber, Student Nurse
I pledge to listen to someone’s worries and fears and be there for them unconditionally. Stop you: Perhaps I may not have the amount of time I would like to get to know patients on such a personal level and be able to ask the questions about their lives I would like to know. Maddy, Student Nurse
My pledge is to listen to patients and their carers. Nobody knows them better than themselves and their family members. Stop you: Workload, time, environment (noise) Andrea Trevor, 2nd year student nurse
To see the person as a person, not a ‘person with dementia’. Stop you: Nothing Simon Sykes, Student Nurse
To be kind, yesterday, today and even more so tomorrow. Stop you: Nothing Thomas Harrison, Student Nurse
I pledge to always see a person, not just an illness and to make a difference in any way I can! Stop you: Nothing! Rachel McCarrick, Student Nurse
I pledge to care for and understand the incredible work dementia carers do and to listen to them to make a person living with dementia’s future a little bit better. Stop you: Making sure have the time to be able to listen to family members to ensure the person with dementia can live well and happy with their condition. Emma Hall, Student Nurse
I pledge to always be my patients advocate so that I can make a positive difference to them and their carers. But also to encourage my colleagues by sharing experiences. Stop you: Communication barriers, time restraints Fiona Loftus, student Nurse
I pledge to be patient, understanding and un-presuming of the struggles and circumstances my patients and their carers/relatives are facing. I pledge to be a nurse that makes a positive difference with the care I provide. Stephanie Preston, student Nurse
I pledge to make a difference. I pledge to know the person and not the disease. I pledge to care. Liam Walker, Student Nurse
I pledge to make a conscious effort to get to know the person living with dementia. And to encourage carers and relatives that they are doing a great job and I am there to help. Stop you: Absolutely nothing! Leanne Williams-student nurse
To get to know the patient and their families’ best I can to enable me to care for them as individuals. Sarah Wilson, Student Nurse
To always be smiling and make time for a chat. Stop you: Nothing has stopped me so far! Lorna Hughes, Healthcare assistant and student nurse
To ensure carers are supported, know the best way to help their loved ones. Grace Toplass, Student Nurse
I pledge to interact with patients with dementia’s carers and listen to their values and give them support. Sophie Davies, Student Nurse
I pledge to support my patients alongside their carer. To form a team to work together and support the carers wishes just as much as their loved one and my patient. Stop you: Nothing Georgie, student nurse
I pledge to care for patients living with dementia to the same standard that my late grandfather received in hospital and in his nursing home, when he lived with dementia. Stop you: Issues with staffing, patient safety will always take priority over having time for ‘the little things’ Alex Short, Student Nurse
My pledge is to care for every person I meet, and remind them of the love and joy life can give. Stop you: Nothing Amy Elliot, Student Nurse
To look at the person not the illness and to always include the family’s, carers and friends in the care plan. Stop you: Nothing Zoe Walsh, Student Nurse
To listen to my patient’s wishes and understand their story. Stop you: Not having enough time to understand as much as I may want to Stephanie McDonald, Student Nurse
I pledge to always make sure that I find something out about the person and what matters to them to make them feel valued. Stop you: Nothing Aisling Cunningham, student nurse
I pledge to care for all my patients everyday the way I would want anyone of my family members to be cared for. Stop you: Nothing Julie, Student Nurse
To remember that there is a person with a story, life, hobbies behind the dementia, and to spend more time getting to know their story through carers etc to help improve their care. To constantly treat them how I would like my parents to be treated! No matter how ‘difficult’ it may be! Stop you: Nothing-it doesn’t cost anything to rare! Megan Logan, student nurse
My pledge is to gain a greater understanding of the impact of dementia on the individual, and also on the family and friends. Furthermore, I hope to raise greater awareness of dementia & dementia care and continue to support charities. Stop you: Not taking the time to reflect on my own practice & effort I put into my support of others. Hester Astell, Student Nurse
To have courage and try to not be anxious when caring for those with dementia. I will find out about the person in front of me, and help see them as the person they have always been.
I pledge to remember the carers, and care and help them when in need. Beth Cannie, Student Nurse
To never give up on anyone and to learn about my patients and those close to them. Just holding out a hand and being a friend we all have the potential to make a difference and we shouldn’t underestimate that possibility. Anya McGilney, Student Nurse
To listen to people, to see what and who matters to them. To ask questions about a person’s past, to understand more about them. Jodie Pennington, Student Nurse
To continue to see the person behind their diagnosis supporting them and their families for as long as they need me. Stop you: Time and working environment. Emma Coleclough, student nurse
My pledge is to continue to provide my patients with compassion and support. Also, to treat everyone as an individual and always listen to their needs. Stop you: Time constraints Rose Sullivan, Student Nurse
To take time to listen to what is important to patients and the people that matter to them. To mould appropriate care that makes a difference. Stop you: Constraints of the health service-target driven ‘care’ Rachel Phillips, Student Nurse
I pledge to listen to carers and get to know about my patient. Stop you: Time, communication Cat Gage, Student Nurse
I pledge to support the family and individual living with dementia with dignity, respect, humanised care. I pledge to understand the person and what they need rather than seeing their dementia, I pledge to be the nurse that I would like if I was living with dementia or my family member. Stop you: I hope nothing will stop me fulfilling my pledge Nadia Doran, Student Nurse
To take the time to learn about my patients for who they are as a person. Stop you: Time restrictions Student Nurse
To become the nurse I aspire to be and ensure I ask who and what matters to the individual and families I care for. I want to make sure that each person in my care gets the end of life care they deserve. Stop you: Only me can stop me Theresa Burnside, Student Nurse
To never see patients and define them by their condition but to know and find out what makes them the person they are and was before their condition. Alex Harrison, Student Nurse
I pledge to provide help and support to every individual to the best of my ability based on their individual needs. Natasha Thomason, Student Nurse
To always be patient, understanding and caring every day. Emma Perason, Student Nurse
I pledge to make time to get to know the person behind dementia and their carers/family/friends. To incorporate the person and their carers in their care as this make us provide the best care they need. Listen, respect and care for people! Andrailla Georgiou, student nurse
To care for carers as well as patients holistically. I will ensure I listen to what and who matters to them and act on it. Natalie Lancaster-Student Nurse
To care for my patients as a whole and not just define them by their condition. To find out about the person as an individual, and to remember it’s the little things that count the most. Ruth Davies, Student Nurse
I pledge to make sure I take the time to get to know someone and what matters to them. Jess Harrison, Student Nurse
I pledge to always listen to my patient’s and always do everything in my power to help in any way possible. I’ll always treat my patients how I would want my family to be treated most importantly I will always listen. Stop you: Hopefully absolutely nothing Beth Brown,
I pledge to spread awareness of dementia to increase the knowledge of others. Also to support and listen to people living with dementia and their families to ensure I provide the best care I can. Stop you: Nothing Selina Byrom, Adult Nursing
I pledge to treat my patients as if they were loved ones of mine, and never allow my standards to drop. Stop you: Nothing Angela Bryant
I pledge to look beyond the dementia and to keep the persons story alive. To get to know what they want and what matters to them and what matters to their family and carers. Stop you: Nothing Rosie Nuttall, Student Nurse
I pledge to nurse my patients on a basis of what matters to them, and the person they are behind the illness hiding them in disguise. Stop you: Nothing!!! Ella Callaghan, Student Nurse
I pledge to keep listening, keep learning and keep caring Stop you: Nothing! Sophie North, Student Nurse
I pledge to deliver care to my patients based on their wants, needs, and to always listen to both the patient and their friends and family. Stop you: Nothing Charlotte Russell, Student Nurse
To look after and support family, friends, patients and strangers with dignity, respect and kindness to find out about them as individuals and to care for them, how they would like to be cared for. Stop you: Nothing-will continue to treat people with respect and kindness Melissa Critchley, Student Nurse
To get to know what it is about a person that makes them who they are. Stop you: If that person cannot communicate and has no family or lifelong friends to ask. Jessica Horsfield, Student Nurse
To be kind, to listen, to learn, to share knowledge. To remember people/patients are more than the illness they have. Stop you: Nothing Sian Morris, Student Nurse
To treat people with dementia with love, respect and compassion and to listen to their carers and families. Veronica Ubochi, Student Nurse
To speak to family members, get to know the patient more and the carer as well. Sebastian, Student Nurse
To not lose sight of other people’s love stories. Vanessa Jarvis, Student Nurse
To listen. Programme Lead Speech & Language Therapy
I pledge to always imagine how I would feel if I was the carer/patient and was a family/friend. O pledge to always treat patients as people, find out what makes them individual. And to I always smile & be approachable. BE KIND! BE NICE! Stop you: Time. I would always want to sit and talk to patients/carers-yet aware its not always easy. Sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all, being there is sometimes always enough. Antonia Verhaert, Student Nurse
Always treat the patient as who they are not just the dementia, find out what matters to them. Treat patients as I would want myself/my family to be cared for. Stop you: Not having enough time to sit with patients and their families. Lauren Wild, Student Nurse
To spread my knowledge I have gained on dementia to people who can’t see what is important when caring and communicating with people living with the condition. Tara, Student Nurse
I will make sure all the staff at the care home know who and what matters to Lorna, my life long neighbour and friend. Student Nurse
People, not problems. To learn about people’s stories and what makes a difference to them! Emma, Student Nurse
To give people the dignity of finding out what matters to them and what makes them who they are. Stop you: Nothing. All it takes is kindness Emily Baille, Student speech & language therapist
I promise to continue to listen to patients with dementia and be an advocate for them. To include their carers and family with their care. Stop you: The lack of knowledge. Latifa Khan, student nurse
I pledge to find out about the person, to listen and to be patient. Stop you: Workload, conformity, stress Zoe Hayes, Student Nurse
To listen and learn people’s story, to be kind and remember the person they are. A Crawford, Student Nurse
To always find out what matters to every patient. Emma Dangerfield, adult nursing
I pledge to remember each person living with dementia is an individual with individual needs & personalities. I will always provide people living with dementia & their carers with an empathetic nature and a listening ear. Rebecca Burns-Student Nurse
Is to continue to make a difference, is to be there. Sophie Wheeldon,
Ensure that each individual I care for that their dignity is upheld-as I would want people to respect my dignity and vulnerable situation. Student Nurse
To be the best possible nurse I can be, to never forget the person I am looking after and to ensure they feel appreciated every second that they are under my care. Stop you: Burnout, emotional drainage & under appreciation. Student Nurse
I pledge to be the best nurse I can be, I will try to ensure any carer, patient or person I come across with dementia never feels lonely and do my best to support them. Stop you: Nothing Hannah Duffy, Student Nurse
I pledge to be the best nurse I could be. To spend time learning about someone’s story and show care and compassion to everyone around me. I pledge to try make a difference. Stop you: Nothing Jessica Jones, Student Nurse
I pledge to listen to carers and support them, care for their loved one as best as I can. Rita, Student Nurse
I pledge to take the time to find out who they are without the dementia, and to find out what made them the person they are today. Stop you: Nothing! Louise Topping, Student nurse MMU
My pledge is to treat every patient with the utmost dignity. Treating them as an individual and not an illness! You’re an inspiration. Stop you: Nothing Sarah Smart, Student nurse MMU
To make more time to listen and get to know the person behind the disease and care for them to my best ability. Sophie Mellor, Student nurse MMU
I pledge to remember that each person affected by dementia has their own story, which should not ever be forgotten and should be reflected in their care. As a student nurse I will always listen to both them and carers to make a difference. Jemma, Student nurse
Raise awareness of dementia amongst my peers. Encourage them to look beyond the dementia. Stop you: Not your usual conversation, can be a serious topic. Can be a sensitive subject for some. Georgina Ellis, Student nurse MMU
I pledge to never label a person, but to see and treat them for who they are. Francesca Agatiello, Student nurse
To make sure I do everything I can to help make sure every person who struggles to communicate their needs + make their experience a better one. Beth Procter, Physio student
I pledge to ask questions about the person’s life and not just their conditions/condition. Stop you: Nothing. Leigh-Ann Dearden, MMU student nurse
I pledge to never forget the person that once existed and the life they led. Stop you: Seeing the illness rather than the person. Javairiya Mushtaq, student nurse MMU
My pledge is to always take the time to get to know the person first, to understand who they are. I will take the time to also care for the carer and help them through each day. Isabel Allen, student nurse MMU
My pledge is to always look beyond the illness at the person. And to try and pass on my knowledge to others. Nicola Blundell, student nurse/MMU
I pledge to see the person and not the condition, to learn about their life, what makes them happy, what makes them sad, and to always remember the little things because they are often the things that matter most. Stop you: Nothing Chloe Bendorffe, Student Nurse, MMU
I pledge to do everything in my power to make my patient and their carer be happy and smile. Isobel, Student Nurse – Manchester Metropolitan University
My pledge is to carry on looking after the patients as anyone with dementia and see them as a person, not the illness and 100% put care into them. Stop you: Maybe if a family member gets diagnosed, but with my knowledge and experiences I’d like to feel I can now speak up. Danielle Finlayson, Student nurse (MMU)
I pledge to always listen. George Edmondson, Student nurse
To make a difference and support service users and their carers and families with dementia. Jaira Ramzan, student nurse
I pledge to always care for the patient as the person they are and not as the dementia. Always treat them as I would like my own mother, father, sister, or brother to be treated and give them the respect and dignity. Molly Archbold, Student nurse
I pledge to help families not feel lonely, and know I am always here to help and listen to what they have to say. | Ellie Kinsella, student nurse – Manchester met uni
I pledge to always look past a person’s dementia, and always look at them as a human being with a story. As well as never forgetting the amazing carers that care for them. Sarah Yousif, student nurse – MMU
To see past illness and explore people’s stories, and make sure carers feel supported and opinions valued. Stop you: Nothing Jake Eaton, Student Nurse
I pledge to ensure that every patient and every individual I meet truly knows how much I care and really feels the love and care I hold in my heart. Amy Tickie, student nurse/health care assistant
To always listen and understand. Stop you: Thinking I’m ‘too busy’ Ella Hamlin, MMU
I pledge to never forget that each person has their own story. Anonymous
I pledge to try and make a difference. Charlotte, Student Nurse
I pledge to make a difference. I pledge to listen, support, care, and learn stories and the history of both the affected individual and their carers. Molly Darrington, student nurse – MMU
I pledge to always see the person and not the dementia. Eleanor
I pledge to do the best I can do to make a difference to individuals. Stop you: Not knowing what to do Jade Harris, Student Adult Nursing MMU
To never walk by a person in need of help and support. Anna Glabedaki, Student Nurse MMU
My pledge is to approach patients with dementia and their families with a warm caring heart. I pledge to try and make a difference to their lives by listening to them and helping them in any way I can. Linzi, Student Nurse
I will always treat a person with dementia with the utmost respect and maintain their dignity throughout their care, making sure their needs and wants came first. Grace, Student Nurse
To listen. Stop you: Nothing Christy Lans, MMU Nursing
To be kind and understanding to those suffering from dementia as well and their carers. Stop you: Nothing Patricia, Student Nurse
To make sure no one ever feels lonely in my care, I pledge to be a nurse who makes a difference to all patients and their carers/family. Stop you: Nothing Jade Wilson, Student Nurse at MMU
To sit and listen to people, to ask them about their life stories, to ask their likes and dislikes and to implement into their care. Stop you: Nothing Vicky Higgins, Student Nurse – MMU
To always remember I am a caring person firstly and a nurse secondly. Qualifications don’t make you a great person! Stay humble! Emma Watt, Student nurse – MMU
I pledge to listen to and take the time to listen to patients with dementia. To let them remember the person they are, who they was and who they will be. Stop you: Nothing! Hollie Sartine, Student nurse/MMU
I pledge to take the time to learn about people’s life stories, and make a difference to people’s care. Stop you: Time constraints. Having the courage to ask relatives and patients. Katie, Student Nurse
My pledge is to continue to proactively raise my student nurses awareness of how dementia can impact on the individual and their carers. Stop you: Nothing. Anne-Marie Borneuf, Senior lecturer in Nursing
My pledge is to remember than anger and frustration is mostly due to fear. I have been that angry family member and the only thing that can cut through that anger is kindness – my pledge is always to be kind. Stop you: I hope my pledge will always be fulfilled. Aileen Bolton, student nurse – MMU
I pledge to never forget that each person has their own story. Stop you: Nothing! Caroline Horton, Student nurse
I pledge to try to see the person and not the illness. To get to know the patient, listen to them more and make not just them but their relatives feel more comfortable/less anxious. Care for someone like I’d want myself or any family member to be cared for. Stop you: Nothing, but at first I may feel scared or anxious just because I have never been around anyone with dementia. Leah Douthwaite, Student nurse/MMU
To listen to the fears, frustrations, worries, and wonderful memories of the patients and their families, friends, and carers. Stop you: Forgetting that every person and every interaction counts. Jo Dempster, Student nurse – MMU
To always remember that we are only human. We are just people, who love, who have lives, and who are kind. If I remember this, it isn’t the disease which overwhelms the direction of care, it is the person, with their unique character, needs, experiences, and I can feel privileged to try and help. Stop you: If I no longer remember what it is like to be a human. Alice, Student Physio
To ask and listen to every patient’s story of their life, so I can care for the individual and not focus on the illness, I will make a difference for the better. Stop you: Time will hinder me, but I will find a way no matter what. Lorraine Clark, MMU – Student Nurse
I pledge to be there for the person suffering from dementia and also be there and support their carer and family. To listen and understand everyone’s need and help where I can. To offer my very best and help others feel their very best. To see them as a person and not an illness. Stop you: Nothing would stop me because I will always make the effort for people and more so them that need me. I will always care no matter what. Natalie Dilley, Student Nurse MMU
To do your best when care for other people. Together we can do it. Aricka, Student nurse
I pledge to remember that every individual has a family and a story and to listen to what matters to them and act on this. Amy Devine, Management Trainee, Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group
To know more about you then your illness. Stop you: Not even hell or high water. Beth Rose Hopper, St.N MMU
To understand what the carer has been through and the stress and love they have been through to get to the point they are at that moment. Stop you: Rude/angry people but I need to see past that and understand why people are acting the way they are. Megan, Student nurse and senior care assistant
I pledge to make a difference, make each individual feel loved, valued and cared for properly to ensure they’re always smiling. Humaira Khan, Student Nurse
I pledge to try and understand the life patients with dementia have lived and to try and make their life after dementia as happy and positive as I can by making every encounter count. Ikram, Student nurse (MMU)
To spend time listening to patients and their families/carers about their experiences, feelings and lives Stop you: Nothing Catriona Cassidy, Student Nurse, Manchester Metropolitan University
I pledge to take time to get to know the individual. To learn what they like and don’t like. Nicole Kershaw, Student Nurse
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