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Recognising and celebrating success: a way of improving patient care

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Recognising and celebrating success: a way of improving patient care

Samantha Holloway
8 September 2019

This editorial is inspired by a rather powerful statement that Jeanette Milne made at the Wounds UK Lower Limb Conference in Bristol earlier this year. As part of her lecture on Promoting Self-care and Meeting Patient Expectations, she spoke about “Celebrating your successes — those differences you’ve made to a patient. Look for your glimmers of brilliance” (Milne, 2019). This made me think about how we recognise and share achievements and successes in clinical practice. Does your place of work facilitate reflection on patient cases with positive outcomes or does it only focus on when a problem or clinical incident arises? Are there regular opportunities to showcase your and your team’s achievements or any behind-the-scenes work? As an example of celebrating success, I was pleased to see a new category for Wound Prevention and Treatment at this year’s RCNi Nurse Awards (RCNi, 2019). This category recognises individual nurses or nurse teams in any setting who protect and maintain skin integrity or improve wound care through their skill, innovation and commitment.

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