“Patience, Compassion, Understanding” – BRHS’ Hanna Forrest Heralded for Support of Students

What a time it must be to be a young student nurse, taking your first steps on the ward.

In this historic and unprecedented moment, when the pressures on our health care system are greater than ever before, never has the work of training and mentoring our next generation of nurses been more important.

Which is why it is vital that we always recognise the amazing work being done by those mentors – in nursing they are called preceptors – for guiding and supporting the student nurses doing their placements at BRHS.

Lyn Davies and Wendy Reynolds of BRHS’ Learning Support and Development Team stopped by Tambo Ward last week to recognise the exceptional efforts of nurse Hanna Forrest, and presented her with the Preceptor of the Month Award (and a cinema voucher!).

“Hanna was recognised by her colleagues for an exceptional job displaying patience, compassion and understanding towards students,” Lyn wrote in a letter to Hanna. “She allows every opportunity to help the student learn about speciality nursing practices while maintaining an organised and focused shift.”

Hanna started her graduation year at BRHS in 2020, before going on to do a transition year in 2021 in Tambo, and Oncology.

“Hanna was recognised by her peers, managers and the education team for always being willing to support others and advance her leadership skills,” the award stated. “The approach toward the student is always with respect and kindness, and this is well-recognised by patients, the student and others.”

“Hanna is generous with her time in helping the learner set goals and progress towards safe and comprehensive clinical care. Students learn with confidence and trust that they will be given every opportunity to advance skills, critical thinking and professionalism.”

Lyn Davies

“Hanna is always professional and approachable in her practices and understands the importance of allowing the student to develop across the duration of a clinical placement. It is always pleasing to see Hanna enjoy her work and laughing along with a student and patient.”

Thank you, Hanna, for the happiness and responsibility you bring to this role. Your sensitive approach toward any given situation does not go unnoticed.

It is reassuring to know our students will be so well supervised with you supporting them.

Thank you to all the preceptors guiding our next generation of nurses at BRHS!

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