Big thanks to Sally Hayes, Julie, Polly and Ruth for inviting Tommy to give two talks to students at the University of West of England in Bristol on 8th December.
The second talk of the day was also live linked to the Gloucester campus.
The day was truly inspiring and we feel so very honoured to have spent the day with 300 nursing students.
The university will be launching pledge trees across the campus we will update more on this soon.
In the meantime be inspired by the wonderful pledges below.
Thank you from all the team at DCV.
I pledge that all families living with dementia have the right support at the right time.
I pledge to always smile when I meet a patient and to introduce myself to them and ask them their names.
I pledge to remember the story in my daily practice, and remember why I become a nurse
I pledge to continue to always see the person, the individual, to do my best for the patients and families I came into contract with and take the time to ask the right questions, what matters to them, who matters to them
I pledge to try and make a difference! To get to know the people I am caring for and their lives
I pledge to give the best possible care I can and do what is important to them! A person not a disease
I pledge to always take time to listen, take time to always be there for patients and carers that need support and guidance
I pledge to kame people smile, because for that moment any worries or fears are forgotten about
I pledge to always take the time to listen to patients, carers, family members, not matter how busy. Always remember that listening and learning are at the heart of nursing
I pledge to care, to listen and to ask questions and to make a difference.
I pledge to remember that every person with dementia had a life and to treat them as that person and be as supportive as I can
I pledge to care for people in the best way I can, whilst listening and communicating as best as I can
I pledge to always put people first, finding out what is important to them and tailoring care to their needs, taking time to listen
I pledge to see that person as a person not an illness
I pledge to always ask what matters to the person I am caring for
I pledge to always make sure I get to know the people I am looking after and be kind and genuine to them and the people around them. I will take the time to get to know families and carers.
I pledge to support people and their families through difficult times and to let them know they are not alone and that they matter to
I pledge to see the individual, not the dementia. And to let them and their family and friends know there is always someone there who will listen.
I pledge to make a difference in al the live I come into contact with, and do the best to do what matters to them.
I pledge to ask what matters to you and who matters to you, and listen to people answers so I can help make a difference.
I pledge to care about what matters and who matters in people’s lives when they are under my care
I pledge to do what matters to people I look after by listening to their stories and providing the best care I can
I pledge to be there for the person whoever, wherever possible and to support in all possible ways.
I pledge to play a part in my patients’ story.
I pledge to listen to each patient and learn what matters to them and what their Journey has been.
I pledge to listen and hear the voices of people, patients, clients and their loved ones and carers. Treat everyone how I would want my loved ones to be cared for
I pledge to care and take time to get to know every person I look after as an individual
I pledge to continue to practice in a relationship, personal way! To improve my knowledge and improve my care
I pledge to take time to give people the opportunity to talk and feel they matter
I pledge to enjoy my loved ones’ company every day and to learn every patients story.
I pledge to treat every individual who comes into my care to receive individual care, and that I will treat and care for them in best way I am physically able to
I pledge to never forget how easy it is to bring comfort to people by a simple few words or a gentle touch.
I pledge to have empathy and understanding on all individual stories and try my best every day to be kind and caring
I pledge to encourage others to make a difference, also to offer my care and kindness for if I possibly can and listen to my patients’ stories.
I pledge to seek to understand the dementia patients’ lives who they are and what matters to them
I pledge to make sure people who suffer from dementia are cared for in their own homes in a good manner
I pledge to give the best possible care I can to people with dementia and their loved ones. Also, to make them feel valuable and respected through my care and listen to their stories.
I pledge to enhance my knowledge and skill to be able to care for any body who comes into my care, I will take the time to listen to them to find out what and who matters to them
I pledge to make a difference to someone’s life by asking what I is that matters to them
I pledge to take time to get to know my patients, family and friends feeling scared, lonely and afraid because of dementia. Do my best to make that moment count.
I pledge to take time to learn my patients’ stories and do my very best to make a difference to individuals’ lives
I pledge to ensure individuality in care given, to take the time to listen and learn from patient’s carers to make a difference.
I pledge to learn about the lives of those I watch with and remember these lives and to see the person.
I pledge to make everyone feel valued
I pledge to try to make a difference to help even one person in some of the darkest moments of their life seems like a worthwhile way to spend my short time on this earth
I pledge to take time to listen to the person and find out what really matters to them and to spend more time with them
I pledge to fill in this is me leaflets to find out what is important to my patients, and forever give the best care I can
I pledge to ask every patient I care for what matters to you? Let them talk to me, and I will listen to their stories.
I pledge to always try and make a difference to the patients are be looking after.I pledge to listen more to the carers and family, and provide support to them in the best of my abilities.
I pledge to make sure to always ask patients, what matters to them, and listen to their stories. So, I can care for them as personally as possible.
I pledge to treat all my patients with respect and dignity and not judge them by their illness. I want to show them I care and that I am there for them and their families. I want to be able to make a difference to their lives.
I pledge to listen my patients, listen to their stories, treat them as an individual.
I pledge to continue being a good nurse, with full dedication and patience, kindness and respect for the people I care for now and in the future
I pledge to find out more about the stories of the people I care for. To treat everyone I care for with dignity and respect by asking my patients what would make their day better
I pledge to make more of an effort to be the nurse who makes that small difference in a person’s life. Either a cup of tea, a chat or holding its hand. I will be the carer I want, should my mum ever needs
I pledge to find out what matters to every patient I look after and listen also give people the dignity and respect they deserve, to help with a smile for every patient and comment make their day better
I pledge to warp everything I do up with kindness and make sure that anyone involved never feels lonely. To help make part of their story a little bit better and to always fish any conversation with a smile.
I pledge to continue caring for my patients with the same love, care and attention that I show my own nanny, ensuring each of their needs is meet even if it is just to listen
I pledge to always make time to actively listen
I pledge to listen to all of their stories and love stories and never to think of their condition when caring for them
I pledge to utilise care, communicate, compassion, courage, commitment in all my day to day practise as a mental health nurse
I pledge to listen to the amazing stories an experience of every patient I look after we can learn from them, Dementia and thank you Tommy
I pledge to promote dignity and independence, understand patients’ choices and what and who matters to them as individuals, not to label individuals according to their illness.
I pledge to live, love, laugh, feelings everyone should experience daily as a nurse, I pledge to give my patients these basic experiences
I pledge to always remember the person and not the disease.
I pledge to hold onto the belief and always strive to facilitate that, every story remain a love story and never needs to be a tragedy.
I pledge to know and fulfil what people in my care and their carers need to feel safe.
Leonie J Milner
I pledge to communicate well with service users and to discover the person behind the illness.
I pledge to learn the life story of the patient and their families, listen to them, communicate and give them the best possible care
I pledge to ensure that the people under my care know that their experiences and feelings are important to give care that is responsive to needs of patients and not react to a diagnosis. I pledge to always be mindful that they are grandmothers, mothers, sisters, all humans who deserve kindness and respect. Let nothing stand in my way and will.
I pledge to always put the needs of others above my own and to find the time to really see who people are. History is as important as the present, it defines who people are, dementia not
I pledge to always be there to listen to someone as you may be the only person they talk to that day and ask what is important to you
I pledge to always have time to smile to listen and to hear the stories of others, to care for and comfort in times of distress and find out what matters to that person on that day and in their life. I will take time to ask how can I make your day better today? And make sure I follow it through
I pledge to be a part of someone’ s life story, love story and caring with kindness, respectful and supportive in any way I can in any way my clients and carers need.
I pledge to listen and take time to talk to those who are struggling with dementia support and help them with my experience so they do not feel alone, and to continue that support throughout their journey and to never forget the lives they had before dementia but celebrate it
I pledge to ask what matters to you, to listen to what matters to you, to do what matters to you. To involve carers in any decision making
I pledge to take time to truly listen to all the people I care for and their families and carers and find out what is important to that individual share a smile everyday
I pledge to raise awareness of dementia in my workplace by recognising the individual not the illness
I pledge to continue being an advocate for my patients with dementia in the best way possible, ensuring patient centred care is always met
I pledge to fulfil a career in working with those with dementia so I can truly make a difference in care standards.
I pledge to listen to and learn from the patients and carers I am nursing
I pledge to take the time to listen to patients and their careers and their stories. I pledge to offer a helping hand for comfort when they feel scared and give them some hope, warmth, something to smile about again.
I pledge to listen and to learn more about how dementia affects people and their carers, in order to be able to support and help others.
I pledge to care, empower and listen and treat people as they should be treated…as lovely human being.
I pledge to treat and care for everyone to the best of my ability. To car e for everyone the way I would love to be cared for. To ask people what matters to them, listen to what matters to them, and do what matters to them
I pledge to create awareness and promote the right of dementia patients and their carers to help improve their quality and life. And educate others about dementia to the best of my knowledge
I pledge to see the person and not the illness, I want to listen to their carers to let them know they are not suffering alone. I want to try and connect with the individual through getting to know them as a person, learn their story and help them to smile at least once a day.
I pledge to learn each individual personal story
I pledge to listen to the people I am caring for and work with, and give the best care and compassion
I pledge to be kind to my patients and their carers all the time and every time I get in contact with them
I pledge to always listen fully to people I care for and find out about life and what is important to them
I pledge to make a difference to every life I come across to always ask who they are and who matters to them
I pledge to ensure that I show my care towards everyone I look after. To always treat people as individuals with their own stories and with the respect they deserve.
I pledge to take the time to listen and find out what matters to each individual and learn something about
I pledge to always listen acknowledge the life story of each person I encounter and care for, and to appreciate how unique and beautiful each individual is
I pledge to get to know my patients outside of their condition/ illness
I pledge to matter where I am or what I am doing, always try and be the nurse/ human being to try and make a difference. The small things matters
I pledge to listen and keep their love story alive
I pledge to hold onto my drive to provide excellent care and stop to remember I love my job and I can make a difference
I pledge to take the time to find out at least one thing that matters to every person I know and care for.
I pledge to treat patients as people as treat them as well as I want to be treated, lastly listening to their stories.
I pledge to always be kind, to listen and learn, respect.
I pledge to continue to listen and take the time to learn people live stories.
I pledge to always take the time to listen and get to know my patients and their stories, to always be kind and helpful
I pledge to never to care for a person just because of their illness but because of who they are and the stories behind them and always pay attention to detail.
I pledge to listen and protect your dignity.
I pledge to use my experience throughout the time when taking care of my grandmother who was diagnosed with dementia before she died, I learned to be patient, reflective, and listen what was important to them
I pledge to be more aware of the language I use and how this impacts care
Grace Van Den Bergh
I pledge to always try to see the person at the centre of their story, and to find out from them what matters to them and how can I help
I pledge to make a effort to listen to family and carers and ask them question about one person’s history and their likes, and dislikes…etc
I pledge to remember the whole person and their most important thing that matter to them not just their diagnosis
I pledge to take the time to learn about my patients so I can find out what is most important to my patients, and for my nun dementia may have taken your memory but it will never take your spirit.
I pledge to ask what is important to you, listen to their life story, role model this, hopefully this ripple effect will touch as many as possible.
I pledge to make a difference to individuals who are affected by dementia, by putting their story first and being as caring and supportive as I can. I will always strive to find out what is that really matters to people and never decide about them without them
I pledge to take time and get to really know my patients and find out their story what is important to them. If I can help them feel less scared and isolated, I have done my job
I pledge to try and make a difference every day whether it be a something as small as making someone smile, because every small positive moment matters.
I pledge to try my best to always make a patient with dementia feel as safe and comfortable as they can be
I pledge to always see the person behind the diagnosis and make the time to listen and help to give them a new sense of hope
I pledge to remember to see to person behind the dementia at every interaction to remember that the person has a whole story and to not lose sight of that
I pledge to take time to get to know the individual and their carer, and find out what mattes to them
I pledge to care with honest compassion and dignity for the person and their loved ones. Also, to challenge care that I observe that does less than this, explaining why, always try to speak to person as if they will be able to answer instead of looking past them as to their family or care instead
I pledge to do my bet to make sure nobody feels isolated or lonely in my care
I pledge to be the best nurse I possibly can be, always with a friendly, kind approach, respecting everyone who comes into my care always remembering to smile.
I pledge to listen to my patients’ stories and ask questions about the lives they have had
I pledge to get to know m patient life story I take the time to fully understand them as a person, not as just a patient with a condition. To continue to listen and respect each patient, to meet their individual needs to the best of my ability
I pledge to always make the time to listen to what is important to people, not matter how small
I pledge to know a person story, to always be kind
I pledge to always take time for everyone, know everyone’s story and what matters to them
I pledge to continue a high quality of care to all patient and in future time, to listen to their story and give support.
I pledge to never tire of listening to the stories of others and responding with loving interest.
I pledge to never lose my compassion concerning others. To make a difference to individual lives, to remind myself of the incredible patients I have shared stories with, to focus on them as an individual, not their dementia and to never forget why I wanted to become a nurse
I pledge to always be there for people to be the hand to hold, the ears to listen, the shoulder to cry on. I will always care, always listen and be there. A little bit of kindness can go such a long way. We have to look after each other.
I pledge to never pass someone who needs my help, no matter what is to make a difference
I pledge to care for each patient as an individual, recognising the person they once were, taking time to talk with them and their loved ones, to make a difference to each person.
I pledge to listen to what matters, continue to support and care for that person and family holistically
I pledge to care for people to the best of my ability and always take time to learn their story.
I pledge to listen to patients’ life stories and make a difference to the patients’ lives, remembering who they are, not as dementia
I pledge to listen to the stories of people with dementia and their careers, and to care for them to the best of my ability
I pledge to take time to ask about the lives of each person and what made them who they are today, and make them to feel important
Sophie Rose H.
I pledge to act as patient advocate to the best of my ability and to always see past a patient’s medical conditions and to see them as an individual