Evaluating #SeacoleProg

Those of you who are regular readers of my blog will have read my blog post a few months back “What do you think?”  As part of my NHS Leadership Academy Seacole Programme we had to develop an initiative and this blog was part of the consultation into my initiative.  My initiative was “to support the sharing of evidence in #WeNurses discussions” The initiative so far has involved:

We have a long way to go still, its all very early days, and there are further plans afoot.  However because I made this project part of my NHS Leadership course I have to evaluate it now!! Which is where I need your help please.

I want to keep the evaluation simple, as I know you are all really busy so just three questions:



How are you finding using #EBP?






What do you think went well with the implementation of #EBP?




How do you think we can improve the sharing of evidence during #WeNurses Twitter discussions?



Thank you all so much for your help in the development of this project – I hope that we will be able to develop it further in the coming months.

Dear me…

I have been thinking a lot lately about the student nurse journey and becoming a newly qualified nurse, Twitter has been awash with nurses starting out, student nurses qualifying and newly qualified nurses getting their first jobs.  In addition to this #WeNurses this coming week discussing Supporting Nurses With Specific Learning Needs on Tuesday and Nurse Training: Starting Out on Thursday. AND then I read this heartfelt yet amusing blog by @KarenDawber - Letter to a Newly Qualified Nurse.  Karen writes some amazing advice to her younger self in a letter entitled Dear Me.  So i started to wonder what would i say to the newly qualified me? So Karen I am unashamedly following your fabulous lead and have written my own Dear Me letter:


Dear Me,

Can you please put down that letter from your boyfriend (after all you have read it six times already and he turns out to be really irritating anyway!) and spend a little time reading this advice from an older and wiser you.  Its now 2014 and you have been a qualified nurse for a whopping 18 years and OMG things have changed ….. your future is A- MAZ-ING.  However this letter isn’t about spoilers its about advice so here goes:

1.  Take time to breathe – make sure that no matter how busy you are or how many patients you have when things get tough take some deep breaths and re-focus.

2.  You will cry ….. lots, but thats not a bad thing as it means you care however please don’t cry alone, when you head to the linen cupboard take a friend and share your thoughts and feelings.

3.  Never stop being you – never stop being a passionate and caring nurse.  You will meet some people along the way who are .. how shall I say this … ermmmm .. not so caring …. don’t get sucked into their way of doing things and don’t be disheartened by their way of doing things.  Always be you as you nurse compassionately and thats something to be proud of.

4.  Be brave – this is a tricky one that you will struggle with throughout most of your career, but by having a little courage when it matters you can achieve some wonderful things.

5.  Believe in yourself – starting out as a newly qualified nurse is scary and a huge responsibility but have a little confidence in what you have learnt at uni.  There are many things you have yet to learn but just ask, its fine not to know everything :)

Well thats it ! Have a wonderful first 18 years .. you will love it

Oh and before i go – when you move to Bristol and move into your own flat remember to look up when trying to back your car out of the car park … the guy thats stood there laughing is worth getting to know.

Lots of love

Tree xx


Huge thanks to @KarenDawber for inspiring me to write my letter – it has made me realise just how far i have come and just how proud I am (and always have been) to be a nurse.

Being Human

Ok, so I admit it … I haven’t blogged on here in ages!! In fact the last time I blogged was at the start of the summer. The summer holidays are always problematic for me with 3 children it’s hard to juggle work time and family time as I am sure all you busy parents out there will agree.  I have to admit that I have been feeling rather bad about not putting any time into this blog over the summer and that somehow I had failed and then I listened to Ruby Wax talking about What Makes Us Human on BBC Radios 2’s Jeremy Vine Show.

Ruby spoke about how we have become “Extensions of our digital hardware” and that “If we go off line for even a split nano second we think the whole world will grind to a halt” At the beginning of the podcast I was really quite irate because as a staunch supporter of all things digital I felt that she was criticising everything I believed in … however after the initial shock of listening to someone berate digital had subsided I started to think that actually Ruby has a point!

I was reminded of a poem I read so long ago that I forget how and why I first came across it -


I came to a conclusion – sometimes we need to take time to be human, sometimes we either need to or have to switch off our digital selves .. and that’s OK.  Over the summer I haven’t blogged on here at all .. but do you know what ?? The world has kept turning regardless.  It’s fine to pick up and drop social media and our digital spaces as our life demands – digital spaces can offer us so much but not at the cost of having time to just stand and stare.

I had a lovely summer and I took lots of time out to just be human with my beautiful children, we flew kites, we went roller skating, we played games, we laughed, we danced and we baked! So although I admit to neglecting this blog over the summer I no longer feel bad about it :D