The aim of my project is to teach nurses and health care assistants to use ultrasound to assist in the cannulation of patients with difficult intravenous access.
Patients that come to the emergency department that are acutely and chronically unwell and sometimes need intravenous therapies straight away.
This is not easily achieved when the patient is shocked or their veins are chronically damaged.
My project, if it has been implemented implemented, could:
What inspired me? It wasn't to celebrate what I had done, I saw this as an opportunity to help cement this new extended skill into nursing practice. I have had other projects that have been implemented and without the correct follow up have not carried on. I like to be innovative and share knowledge and I saw this as a great learning and developing opportunity for me.
I knew that my colleagues and I had the power to make a real difference to both our working environment and the Earth’s environment by minimising the amount of waste we were producing.
My idea was that if we could educate our fellow staff on the importance of the 3 Rs – Reducing, Re-using and Recycling – then we could minimise the amount of rubbish we were throwing away and ultimately reduce our unit’s carbon footprint.
Not only this but waste removal was costing our trust a lot of money. If I was able to convince everyone in the trust that reducing our carbon footprint was good idea, I could potentially save the trust thousands of pounds which could be used for other things.
I presented my idea to Professor Morwenna Wood Renal Consultant & Temby Chigaru, Renal Educator who agreed to support me in developing it. With some help from the Estates Department, Alan Wilson and Colin Healy, Estates Officers and initial funding of £4000, which I was awarded as my proposal to introduce recycling into the Renal Unit won an award, we were able to roll out a trust-wide ‘Green Nursing’ scheme.
We reduced our clinical waste production by 67% and saved over £10,000 in waste removal fees. During a series of ‘Waste Watching Days’, I was also able to identify through the contents of the bins, ways to change clinical procedures and products we were using. This saved a further £50,000. My idea has been adopted by NHS Fife Trust Wide and I now regularly give presentations on what I’ve learned.
It has been amazing to see my project develop – and to see what a difference it’s made. I would encourage anyone with an idea, however small, to take it as far as possible – who knows what you could achieve.
Your Celebrating Nursing Practice information pack contains further information, a promotional poster and flyers so you can encourage your colleagues to take part. You could even submit as a group!Send me my information pack