A nursing graduate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) who wrote about her hospital placement in a national magazine has said the experience could be what helps her land a job.
Emily Goss, who studied Adult Nursing, was asked by the well-respected Nursing Standard to write a piece about how she had learned the importance of making personal introductions when caring for patients.
After it went into print, Emily said she had received complimentary emails and a mention on social media from Dr Kate Granger, who started the #hellomynameis campaign, which encourages care workers to introduce themselves by name to patients.
Emily, who graduates this month, said: "Something as simple as a good quality introduction can really change the care a patient receives.
"I am very passionate about high quality, so much so that I have become a Care Maker, which is a voluntary role in which I promote care compassion, communication, courage, competence and commitment."
In the piece, Emily describes a hospital placement she took part in while on her course at DMU.
She describes a moment on her first day where she introduces herself by her name to a patient with an infection and helped him to the toilet.
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She talked further with him, getting to know him as she gave assistance and when the patient was discharged, Emily received a bunch of flowers and handwritten card from the man, thanking her for her care.
Emily wrote: "The flowers were displayed on the nurse's station where they reminded me of the importance of starting the patient-nurse relationship on the right foot.
"I cannot help but think what would have happened if I did not go up to this man and introduce myself. I doubt he would have had the same experience of care."
Emily's column, together with her experience and voluntary work - including as a support worker for Macmillan - have led to her catching the eye of a possible employer.
She said: "I'm due to qualify in January and though I haven't formally applied for jobs yet I have met the sister of a respiratory ward at the Glenfield hospital and she has said she would be really keen for me to apply there.
"My experience at DMU has been a very positive one and has provided me with so many opportunities. I've been given fantastic support from my personal tutor Penny Tremayne and I truly feel DMU has brought out the best in me."
Posted on Thursday 14th July 2016