I like compassion

This may not be radical or revolutionary and in fact given recent conversations both on and offline it feels almost confession like, however here I am throwing caution to the wind and admitting that I like Compassion in Practice, I like the word compassion and I like the 6cs !!

Now I have to be careful here as I don’t really want to turn this into a rant but I am fed up of listening to people and reading blogs and tweets that give compassion in practice a hard time.  Being the positive soul that I am I would rather not dwell on the negative but instead write about why I like this initiative.

I like compassion in practice because of its simplicity – there is no doubt at all that nursing is complex and I feel that to be able to hang the complexity and diversity off the simplistic model that is compassion in practice gives nursing a focal point, a ground zero, a place that’s home. Words like care, compassion, courage, competence, communication and commitment may be the latest buzz words or “en vogue” however I feel it is more “en vogue” to slate and criticise rather than praise and be constructive.  I understand that these words do not describe all that we do in nursing and yes we had these words in nursing long before CNO Jane Cummings put them together, but what they do is give us a common and caring language.  I like this language, I feel proud to be associated with these words and I hope I do them justice every time I nurse.

I am a nurse, I am a practising nurse, I love nursing but I see that we need to move forward, to improve – we need to be better.  I don’t consider myself to be “political” and to be honest with you I don’t care if Compassion in Practice is or was politically motivated I just know that I like it.  I am sensible enough to realise that Compassion in Practice is not a magic wand but it has given me a language that I am confident with, it gives me a model to which to hang ideas and it gives me a framework that has been sadly lacking in nursing in recent years.  For this nurse who really just wants to nurse and to be the very best nurse I can be I feel it’s a breath of fresh air.

I know, as I am sure that every nurse does, that nursing isn’t perfect and we don’t get it right every time and I know that Compassion in Practice alone won’t resolve this.  It will take hard work from each and every nurse and for that hard work to be cohesive and effective we need to reset, to start again, compassion in practice gives us that …. I don’t care about being radical, but I know and care about what I like and I am standing up and saying I like care, compassion, courage, competence, communication and commitment long may they be “en vogue”!


I have to say that I had seen people talking about one page profiles or #onepp on twitter for quite a while and I didn’t really see what all the fuss was about …. The one page profiles seemed to contain a small amount of information that really didn’t seem to mean that much to me at all, so when I was approached by Helen @HelenHSAUK  and she asked if I would mind someone helping me to create a one page profile I was very sceptical but being the adventurous type thought I would give it a whirl.  So I arranged a phone call with Helens associate Michelle @MichelleHSA

The day that I was due to talk to Michelle I almost cancelled as I was in the midst of one of the busiest weeks of my life …. It was half term and I was away for two nights, which meant I had to take the children down to stay with my mum in Exeter.  In my wisdom I decided to take Michelle’s phone call via my hands free whilst I was driving down to Exeter to pick my children up ….. what happened next I did not expect at all.

Michelle was very chatty and friendly from the start and got me chatting about things that were important to me, it was fab because Michelle really made me feel at ease she explained the process and purpose of the one page profile.  Michelle explained that in person centred care planning she has found that we only really start to understand the value  when we go through the process ourselves … boy was she right !!! I am not sure at which point I decided that I couldn’t drive and go through this process but I ended up pulling into a motorway service station as I felt I needed to give this my full attention.

Michelle got me thinking about the things that are important to me in my personal life and in my professional life.  I had a fair idea about how important my morning cup of coffee is to me and about how when I need support often someone just asking “are you ok?” and having a cup of tea with me is all the supporting need.  However the revelation that I made was how much community means to me both in my personal and professional life.  If I won the lottery tomorrow I would not move house as the community to which me and my family belong is so important and is part of who we are and it seems that I have echoed this in my professional work.  In my work with WeNurses I strive to create a cohesive and supportive community because I believe that no nurse should be or feel alone.  Needless to say having made this revelation (and being the emotional soul that I am) Michelle had me in tears.

The experience really demonstrated to me the importance of person centred care planning and how as nurses we need to see the whole person when nursing them, ask the right questions and really get to know our patients.

So why is my one page profile so important to me? Well its because someone took the time to find out what really matters to me, what the little and big things are that I cannot do without, what makes me … me! If you nurse me I would like you to nurse me with these things in mind. This is me:


To find out more about one page profiles please read Helens blog >

One-page profiles, they have to start with us