Sep 19, 2009

No Ordinary Nurse--Jane Spencer--Dementia Nurse of the Year

In a speech on health care insurance, President Barack Obama said that nurses are the backbone of our health care system. I couldn't agree more.

If I can help people with mental health problems and their carers manage incontinence it means they are less likely to end up in care, they are treated with more dignity and they can stay independent for longer. I’ve found that 50% of people that we assess go away with an improved quality of life as a result of interventions and education.--Jane Spencer

Jane Spencer, who works at the Calder unit, Fieldhead has been named Dementia Nurse of the Year.

The Nursing Standard awards acknowledge and celebrate the extraordinary work of the nation's ordinary nurses, midwives and health visitors. Jane received her award at a ceremony in central London attended by secretary of state for health, Patricia Hewitt.

Jane is one of the only mental health continence nurses in England and her work has benefited many people with dementia and their carers. Half of the people seen by Jane have regained continence through diet and lifestyle changes alone.

Speaking about Jane’s award success the Nursing Standard judges said, ‘Imaginative problem-solving, improving patient’s lives, educating carers and other professionals and she has made cost savings. An outright winner.’

Incontinence is an ongoing topic on the Alzheimer's Reading Room. I intend to try and track down Jane Spencer--even though she lives in England--and try to get some tips on how to deal with incontinence.

I enjoyed reading about Jane and her success.

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