Today is International Nurses Day – a chance to celebrate the contribution that nurses make to societies around the world, in alignment with Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Dean Howells, Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “In normal circumstances, the day would be a chance for our C&I nursing colleagues to join together to celebrate over cake and a cuppa. This year, of course, is a little different, but we still wanted to be able to highlight the great work of our nurses.”
Dean, along with Jackie Smith, Trust Chair, hosted a special International Nurses Day webinar to all staff where they thanked everyone for all they are doing at this time and read out special ‘shout-outs’ for nursing colleagues sent in by staff. Jackie said: “Let me first express my thanks to all of our nursing colleagues for the work you are doing. We’re facing the biggest challenge most of us have ever seen in our careers. I’m sure like most, you are facing stresses and anxieties in both your working and personal lives, and despite this you are still going above and beyond to make sure we provide the best care possible for our service users.”
Last week, we also welcomed more than a dozen student nurses as they joined the Trust last week near the end of their training. We asked them why they became a nurse and what makes a good mental health nurse in this short video below.