Thea Bull, Medicines Management Nurse Practitioner, was chosen as one of the winners in the Academy of Nursing Annual Conference held in October this year. Chris Burford, Jane Viner and David Thomas, all Chief Nurses at the Academy, were judges and commended Thea as a worthy winner, amongst a lot of competition. Thea was asked to write a short piece about her poster subject.
“The main focus is to demonstrate the role of the Medication Optimization nurse in supporting the administration of medications safely and effectively, with the emphasis on ensuring medication has a useful and valued place in people’s recovery journey, empowering them to feel well informed and part of the treatment decision process.
“My role is a fundamental component of patient safety which involves the development of a competency framework, training programme, including injectables and unique aspects of mental health practice, ie consent to treatment, supporting medicines safety during administration and key performance indicators.
“My role as a nurse within the Pharmacy team has enabled the team to better understand the needs of nursing staff and to collaboratively develop tools to address this need for all practitioners in a continued evolving process.
“Just to add a personal footnote, I love my role as a nurse in the pharmacy team. I get so much pleasure in working with all practitioners, especially nurses across the Trust. I feel the communication and therapeutic relationship is a fundamental part of learning, supporting, understanding and professional development. We all need one another to provide the best experience for the people using our services."