Thanks to Lyndsey Firth and fellow committee members Sharon Wilson, Charlotte Govier, Victoria Greensit and David Jackson for inviting Tommy to speak at the #1509stuconf Student Nursing Conference at the Stephenson Lecture Theatre on 1 September 2017.
Lyndsey heard Tommy speak at the RCN Congress in Glasgow and was keen to get Tommy along as part of the 2 day conference they had organised. With 277 students in attendance it was a great opportunity to meet and speak with our future nurses.
It was a great chance to share our #makeadifference campaign as well as the Framework for Nursing Midwifery and Care Staff. This showed how pledges can be supported and connected by the Framework.
You can read more on the framework along with the wonderful pledges from the day.
Thank you from all the team at #DCV to all for a truly inspirational day.
I pledge to always listen to people and take time to learn more about everyone.
Eleanor Jones – Student Nurse
I pledge to tell their story and offer constant support.
Jessica Mullen – Student Nurse
I pledge to make a difference in my neighbour’s life whose daughter has a diagnosis with Autism.
I pledge to continue to do everything I can for every patient in my care and get to know each and every one of them and the life they`ve lived.
Amy Sangster – Student Nurse
I will take time to find out what matters most to each patient I meet and include their family as much as possible.
Katie – Student Nurse
I pledge to always make sure I really listen when a patient needs someone to talk to and to do all I can to stop people feeling lonely.
Lara Thompson – Student Nurse
I pledge to treat people with the respect and dignity that every person deserves.
Benedict Field – Student Nurse
I pledge to always try and do my best, putting patients and family’s needs first.
Joanne Brown – Student Nurse
I pledge to always make time for my patients and their families.
Katie – Student Nurse
I pledge to always remember the person not let the illness define them.
Catherine Davey – Student Nurse
I pledge to “really” ask how patients are doing.
Ellie Holden – Student Nurse
I pledge to treat people as a person, to speak to them like a friend and treat them like family.
Alice Gordon – Student Nurse
I pledge to never call a patient a bed number or a condition. They are an individual with a name.
Olivia Burkinshaw – Student Nurse
My pledge is to always smile and always care.
Molly Burton – Student Nurse
I pledge to give the patient and their families my undivided attention and make them feel like the centre of my role. To make them feel valued and respected throughout our interactions. Always to be a positive aspect in their time of sadness and sorrow.
Nathan Frost – Student Nurse
I pledge to always treat patients with dignity and respect and in the way I would like to be treated myself. Tracey Erskine – Student Nurse
I pledge to make a difference to a patient and their families life. I pledge to be a positive aspect to their journey.
Charlotte Fairless – Student Nurse
I pledge to give patients my full dedication to care and to give my patience at all times.
Lynn Bezance – Student Nurse
I pledge to always care.
Claire Hill – Student Nurse
I pledge to always provide the best care that I can and remember the person by name, not by condition or bed number.
I pledge to be remembered for my positive contribution- to not walk on by a person in need.
Amy Sivewright – Student Nurse
I pledge to ask dementia patients what matters and who matters to you and their relatives.
Samantha Morgan – Student Nurse
I pledge to never ignore or disrespect a person and always make time to listen.
I pledge to always have the attitude “it`s not about me”, its about the patient.
Chole Skipp – Student Nurse
I pledge to treat every patient with dignity, respect and as individuals and how you would like to be treated.
I pledge to treat every person I meet as an individual and let them see that they are important.
I pledge to share other support you’re entitled too.
Hannah – Student Nurse
My pledge is to make a difference in some way to families who have been touched by dementia. I will endeavour to see the person first and foremost.
I pledge to be the best nurse I can be by truly listening to my patients, being compassionate and understanding and acting as an advocate as and when it is needed.
Jenny Eglington – Student Nurse
I pledge to always remember what and who matters. The patient, their families, their wants and needs will be at the heart of all I do.
Lisa George – Student Nurse
I pledge to treat every patient as an individual and not their darkness.
Becky-Jo Evans – Student Nurse
I pledge to be remembered for the right reasons.
Sophie Lockhead – Student Mental Health nurse
I pledge to see my patients as who they are not their diagnosis. I will find out what defines them and celebrate it.
Catherine Dunne – Student Nurse
I pledge to be as passionate on my last day of a nurse as I will be on my first.
I pledge to go the extra mile for my patients to take time to get to know who they are and not to define them for their illness.
Ashleigh McWilliams – Student Nurse
My pledge is to never lose my compassion.
Student Nurse Teesside
My pledge is to allow patients time to talk and to listen to them to learn who they were before they became poorly.
Rachel Stoddart – Student Nurse
I pledge to care and provide care, dignity and respect to those I meet.
Student Nurse Teesside Uni
I pledge to be kind all the time and make the little things matter.
Jane Pratt – Student Nurse
My pledge is to always introduce myself, take time to ask first and make time to recognise that the patient maybe scared. Think what and how can I help, I only takes30 seconds.
Laura Moore – Student Child Nurse
I pledge to make time for the little things for patients. As its what they value most.
I pledge to always treat people with respect and dignity and to always listen and hear what people are saying. To get to know the person, not just the illness and try to make a difference and provide the support they need.
Melissa Wright – Student Nurse
I pledge to provide individualised care. Each individual has their own story and are unique in their own way.
Sophie Young – Student Nurse
I pledge to always treat people how I would like myself or my family to be treated.
Jessica Carr – Student Nurse
I pledge to always care for and treat people how I would like my loved ones to be treated and to always find out what matters to them.
I pledge to find time to listen not only for every patient I come into contact with but my family and friends.
I pledge to make every contact with a patient count, talk to them, listen to them and make them feel safe and not frightened.
Debbie Rowley – Student Nurse
I pledge to promise to try my hardest to be the kindest most caring and compassionate nurse I can ever possibly be.
Laura Madden – Student Nurse
I pledge to get to know the people I care for and see them for who they are and be the most beautiful nurse I can be!
Aimee Lowe – Student Nurse
I pledge to be the one make the difference in people’s life.
Yanan Sang – Student Nurse
I pledge to remember that everyone I meet is a person with a back story and not an illness.
Liz Webb – Student Nurse
I pledge to always ask in the best interests of the patient and always see the person not the illness.
Rachel Williams – Student Nurse
I pledge to listen to and learn about every person I care for.
Danielle Soulby – Student Nurse
I pledge to make a difference every day.
Anna Walker – Student Nurse
I pledge to always get to know the person I ‘am privileged to care for. I promise that the time I spend with them, taking the time to listen to their story will be theirs and theirs only.
I pledge to give people the most dignified care as I possibly can.
Sarah Thwaites – Student Nurse
I pledge to always make the little things count.
Megan Tewast – Student Nurse
I pledge to always go above and beyond in everything I do to make patients experiences that little better. Danniela Savarese – Student Nurse
I pledge to carry Tommy`s story with me and to always recognise the person for who they are and the life they have lived and not the illness that has already taken so much from them.
Vicky Neeson – Student Nurse
I pledge to forever take time with patients, families and carers to understand and find out about their life and what matters most to them, doing all I can to ensure I promote what matters to the patient, their family, patents and carers.
Harriet Walker – Student Nurse
I pledge to always be the best person/good person and more so nurse. To be the listener, the supporter, the friend and I hope to be the person you or anyone wishes where on shift every day.
I pledge I will always be kind and caring. I pledge that I will always see you as a person and not a patient. I pledge I will always try to make your life easier, that I will listen and explain anything you don’t understand.
Lisa Wakenshaw – Student Nurse
I pledge to always treat everyone as a person and not define them by their condition or illness. Always treat people how I would like to be treated.
Emily Crawford – Student Nurse
I pledge to try and make a difference to patient’s journey at some point in my career as a nurse.
Ashley Fisher – Student Nurse
I pledge to try to make a difference however big or small whenever I can in my nursing role. Remember small things can make a difference.
Dawn Bielby – Student Nurse
I pledge to make a difference to the life of at least 1 person in their time of need and help them forget their pain for that moment in time.
Sarah Theaker – Student Nurse
I pledge to prioritise the needs of the patient by meeting and fulfilling their wishes.
Jess Hardy – Student Nurse
I pledge to develop my knowledge and understanding of dementia so I can support both patients and their families the best I can.
Naomi Thornton – Student Nurse
I pledge to keep my inquisitive nature and warming smile.
Charlie Sample – Student Nurse
I will pledge that I will not only “listen” nut I will “hear” my patients and their families about what they want and how they want to be cared for.
Lesley Hindle – Student Nurse
I pledge to give my patients, my patience and listen to what and who matters to them.
Sarah Thompson – Student Nurse
I pledge to listen and care for each patient, based on their individual needs.
. Katherine Truelock – Student Nurse
I pledge to ensure I fully care and support the patient and loved ones. I want to make sure all the little things are provided i.e. hand to hold, provide time, listening, paint nails, brush hair, anything to make the patient a little more happier whilst in my care.
Gemma Harrison – Student Nurse
I pledge to always actively listen to my patients when they talk to me. Even if they tell me the same story over and over again. I will always listen as if it’s the first time they are telling me.
L.Lizun – Student Nurse
I pledge to listen to patients from start to finish during their illness.
Sharon Wilson – Student Nurse
I pledge to always give my best to every situation, give time, dignity, respect and ultimately treat people how I would want me of family to be treated.
Victoria Greenisit – Student Nurse
I pledge to always see the person not the illness and give patients a voice.
Lyndsey Firth – Student Nurse
I pledge to give patients a voice and be a voice for patients.
Charlotte Govier – Student Nurse
I pledge to always give individuals suffering from dementia and their families my time, not only listen but hear people’s words and offer support and comfort at the best of my ability.
Ashleigh Wrigglesworth – Teesside University Mental Health Nursing
I pledge to deliver good holistic care and care for people as an individual rather than a patient.
I pledge to be courageous and be the voice for those who need it, and to do my best to make a difference to someone everyday of my career.
Shaunna-Lee Brady – Student Nurse
I pledge to treat patients and their families/carers how I would want myself, my mum, my dad. My children to be treated, with care and compassion.
Lauren Dixon – Student Nurse
I pledge to always see a patient and their carer/relative as a person to know them better as individuals and to not view them as a dementia patient and their carer.
Eilishia Brown – Student Nurse
I pledge to always listen to each person.
Julie Waters – Student Nurse
I pledge that all care delivered to dementia patients will be completely individualised, tailored to what each patient would have wanted as a person. Seeing through dementia and helping personalities live on. Danielle Marrison – Student Nurse
I pledge to ensure that every day you look and feel like “you” as much as I can possibly help, regardless of whether you even know who you are. I will ask your family, and ask you, what I can do to help you be the person you are.
Samantha Mackenzie – Student Nurse
I pledge to meet the needs and wants of my patients to the best of my ability. I pledge to be patient’s kind and always smile. I pledge to be the light in the darkest days.
Lauren Mazzey – Student Nurse
My pledge is to always give and take time to every patient to listen and hear that story, not just about their condition but about their life, remember every patient is an individual.
Demi Marshall – Student Nurse
I pledge to deliver care how I would like to receive care.
Lindsey Griffin – Student Nurse
I pledge to make a difference to someone’s care each and every day for the better.
Lucy Briscot – Student Nurse
My pledge is to always make a positive impact in a patients care.
Becki Jayne – Student Nurse
As a student nurse, I pledge to listen to everyone’s problems and queries and try and best to help in any way.
Aimee Haggor – Student Nurse
I pledge to provide the highest quality of care to all of the people that I care for. I promise to treat them as an individual, not as their disease.
Laura Ingham – Student Nurse
I pledge to always apply all my nursing knowledge with the addition of love, care and kindness. To ensure that person feels human and not like a bed number.
Pippa Lane – Student Nurse
I pledge to be more understanding and to know the person behind the illness and their lives.
Victoria Tomlinson – Student Nurse
My pledge is to be there for patients and their families offering a friendly, caring nurse who is always there to offer comfort and support by just listening to them when needed.
Terri-Anne Paterson – Student Nurse
I pledge to do my upmost to be the best nurse I can be for my patients and their families, and try everyday to make them smile.
Gemma Renwick – Student Nurse
I pledge to see a person as an individual and not a medical condition. I will always aspire to provide the best holistic care I can for that person and their families and loved ones.
Emma Davison – Student Nurse
I pledge to never take for granted the emotional and upset loved ones will be going through, regardless of how strong they appear.
I pledge to always stay humble and love with all of my heart.
Claire Wilding – 3rd Year Adult Student Nurse
I pledge to care for all of my patients and their families/carers to the very best of my ability and do everything I possibly can be the best nurse I can be.
Charlotte Farrell – 3rd Year Student Paediatric Nurse
I pledge to give a level of care, compassion and commitment to all my patients as I have received from health professionals who cared for my man and nan during their ill health.
Zara Khalifa – Teesside Student Nurse
I pledge to always listen to the patient and acknowledge what they would want when I am provide and meet the needs of patients.
Keegan Wall – Student Nurse
I pledge to look after all patients as if they were my own family.
Donna Potter – Student Nurse
My pledge is always see the person before the illness and always find all what matters to that person what makes them who they are.
Michelle West – Student Nurse
I pledge to see the person behind the condition.
Bridie Coombes – Student Nurses
I pledge to try and see the person before dementia robbed their memories.
Nicola Burns – Student Nurse
I pledge to try to be remembered positively by everyone I meet and to always be kind.
Emily Ross – Student Nurse
I pledge to always hear what people say not just listen.
Abbey Linguard – Student Nurse
I pledge to be the best healthcare professional I can be, to make a positive impact to people/everyone`s life and be what they need when they need it.
K.Raine – Student Nurse
I pledge to always make sure every patient that I come into contact with knows that they matter.
Hayley – Student Nurse
I pledge to share the story of Tommy Whitelaw and his mother. To remember and practice his very powerful message. To demonstrate all aspects of the 6Cs and speak up I there is a problem and make a difference.
Joanna Liddle – Student Nurse
I pledge to never lose touch with why I came into nursing and how the smallest things can make the biggest difference in someone’s life.
Vicky Hawkes – Student Nurse
I pledge to ask, listen and do.
Carol Brown – Student Nurse
I pledge to care for each person as an individual and their family and carers, taking into consideration holism, respect and empathy. I will never take being a nurse for granted and view my role as a privilege.
Vicki Holliday – Student Nurse
I pledge to never forget how important and big “the little” things are. Stop
Nikki Walker – Student Adult Nurse
I pledge to remember that every single person has a life story and their story is important.
Rebecca Campbell – Student Nurse
I pledge to help make a difference to people who are effected by alcohol dependency even if it was just one. Daniel Mitchell – Student Nurse
I pledge to make a positive impact on the lives of the each and every single patient I encounter.
Emma Looney – Student Nurse
I pledge to ensure, make a difference to each patient/family/carer whenever I can. To always ensure I never walk past anything. Feel or know is not right and to change this. Ensure patient-centred care is maintained. Heather – Student Nurse