December 20, 2016

Best of 2016: Our International Nurses’ Day competition winner revealed

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A Tissue Viability Nurse from Northumberland has won £50 for the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust charity in Essential Healthcare’s International Nurses’ Day competition.

Kevin Chapman, TVN at Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Mental Health Trust, beat a number of entrants across the country by sharing his most inspiring moment as a nurse. The competition, which was launched on International Nurses’ Day and on the birthday of pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale is designed to celebrate and highlight the contribution nurses make to society.

The prize, which was presented at Kevin’s trust by our Business Development Manager Neil Dillon, who travelled over 100 miles to meet the Tissue Viability Nurse.

Collecting the cheque, Kevin Chapman said: “I was thrilled to receive the cheque from Essential Healthcare Solutions, it’s great that the company are interested in ‘the moment that made me the nurse I am today’ and what motivates people to take up and remain in nursing.”

“Reflecting on what our individual motivations are, helps us to remember that our clients are central to our care and that our own efforts to make a difference can ultimately inspire others and help. This cheque will be added to our Trust charity fund and will help with our goal of normalising and integrating people with Mental health and Learning disabilities into society.”

Neil Dillon, Business Development Manager at Essential Healthcare Solutions said: “It was fantastic to be given the opportunity to reward our brilliant nurses across the country. I’d like to say thank you to all of our nurses. I’m thrilled that my job allows me to meet and support so many amazing people.”

Read Kevin Chapman’s winning story below, warning it may make you upset!:

“I have been a nurse for 33 years and the trigger for my career as a qualified nurse came way back in 1982 – I was working as a support worker in an old converted work house / rest home with very frail clients who had previously lived on the streets of Newcastle. They were brash, vocal and not very tolerant of interventions being self-reliant and having lived a harsh existence for a time.

One particular gentleman I got very close to and helped support his care during the last few months of his life – during the final weeks he appeared effectively unconscious and unresponsive and I became his main carer – in those weeks he never spoke and never responded.

I was not there when he passed but two colleagues and the home manager were and they reported to me that just before he died, he became fully conscious and lucid. His final words were – “thank Kevin for his care, I could hear him but not respond, I know he cared and I appreciate it.” I cried for several hours after hearing that and I resolved to make sure others were cared for in the same way – with care, compassion and empathy. That has been my driving passion ever since and I thank ‘Herbie’ every day for his final words. I try to instil in my students, and peers that same caring philosophy to this day.”