Doing the rounds in the US

A trip to Boston has helped Louise Hughes teach staff in Wales about Schwartz Rounds, writes Alison Handley

A trip to Boston has helped Louise Hughes teach staff in Wales about Schwartz Rounds, writes Alison Handley.

Abstract

With the help of a Florence Nightingale Foundation travel scholarship, lead nurse Louise Hughes spent three weeks in the United States earlier this year to find out everything she could about Schwartz Center Rounds.

Ms Hughes, head of nurse education and research at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU), was in Boston to learn how she could promote the development of Schwartz Rounds in her workplace and across Wales.

Boston, in Massachusetts, is the home of Schwartz Center Rounds, which have been used in the US for 20 years. Their aim is to bring staff from all disciplines together to explore and discuss the emotional challenges of their work.

In 2013, newly formed charity the Point of Care Foundation obtained a licence to bring Schwartz Center Rounds to the UK, and ABMU was the first health board in Wales to sign up for them.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 12

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