Darren Blake, a Charge Nurse at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, was recently granted the Learning Representative of the Year at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) yearly congress in Liverpool.
Just like the famous humming of the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice for hand washing, he and fellow Emergency Department (ED) associates artistically and brilliantly modified LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” into a medically themed “Septic and you know it!”
It is estimated to affect more than 30 million people worldwide every year, potentially leading to 6 million deaths.
Nurse Darren and his colleagues arranged an engaging pop video to try and boost an understanding of the warning signs of sepsis.
Watch the wholly unofficial sepsis edutainment below:
The team was at an Improvement Conference viewing at various methods to boost awareness when the idea popped out and went with it.
Darren, together with his ED sister Liz McCarthy, revised the famous song and the former did the vocals and most of the simulation.
According to Darren, the filming of the said clip chanced after night shifts where they asked for all reliable volunteers to get connected and be included.
“This has been a real team effort – and they’ve been just brill”
“This has been a real team effort – and they’ve been just brill”, he said.
Sue Panther, RCN Officer for West Yorkshire, said “Darren is doing a brilliant job raising the RCN profile and working collaboratively with other staff and unions. He has helped to embed a culture of learning and development within the Emergency Department of Calderdale Royal Hospital, where staff are encouraged to ‘think outside the box’ and to question how things are done.”
RCN is a membership organization and trade union with over 432,000 members in the United Kingdom and RCN Congress is where RCN members meet to learn, develop and share nursing practice.
Glenn Turp, Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Director for the RCN, said: “What an achievement!
“I am so proud of Darren and of all our representatives who work tirelessly for members ‘behind the scenes’ to make positive changes.
“It is great to see their successes being held up to the spotlight and celebrated in the right way.”
Knowledge is very important for anyone in the medical profession. Some may find medical knowledge boring but medical learners and professionals apply the idea of ‘fun theory‘ where people work better if it’s fun.