Double celebration for senior nurse Arlene

ARLENE Wellman, Associate Director of Nursing at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is enjoying a double celebration after winning a national award and an exclusive scholarship.

Tuesday 28 February 2017

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Arlene WellmanArlene, pictured right, triumphed in the Florence Nightingale Foundation Edna Marion Read Poster Competition for Care Improvement with an entry that detailed the Trust’s drive to eliminate hospital acquired pressure ulcers. Measures included additional training for staff, as well as improvements in the documentation, pathways and equipment used to deal with the problem.

The results were impressive, with a 70 per cent reduction in the number of grade three and grade four pressure ulcers experienced by patients across the Trust. Grade two ulcers have dropped by 30 per cent, with an improvement in the standards of assessment, documentation and provision of care also noted.

Arlene was named as the winner of the competition during the Florence Nightingale Foundation’s Annual Conference 2017 in London.

Arlene said: “I was shocked but really pleased when they announced that I had won. The drive to reduce pressure ulcers in our trust is something I am really proud to have led. Things are certainly going in the right direction, but there is still work going on to standardise pathways across the trust.”

Arlene is also one of just 11 senior nurses from across the country to win a Florence Nightingale Foundation Aspiring Nurse Directors Leadership Scholarship. The 14-month-programme is for nurses and midwives who have the potential to secure a board position in the not-too-distant future.

“It’s an amazing opportunity and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth into the project I will embark on as a part of it,” she said. “Everybody at Hampshire Hospitals has been really supportive of my development, but I would like to say a special thank-you to our former Chief Executive, Mary Edwards, who was really keen to support my application.”

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