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International Nurses’ Day!

10 May 2019 15:18:57
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This Sunday, 12 May is International Nurses’ Day and there are celebrations taking place across the Trust.

Wednesday was International Student Nurses Day and we celebrated our student nurses and midwives with a special event lead by our Deputy Chief Nurse, Helen Dobson. At the event our student nurses and midwives enjoyed some cake and tea, had chance to talk to our senior nurse colleagues and shared why they ‘love being a nurse or midwife’.

Following this event, our Head of Nursing for Surgery, Victoria Hazeldine, hosted the Surgery division’s very first Newly Qualified Nurse café, where our new nurses and nursing associates were invited to have a little time out for tea and cake, share their experiences, speak with senior nurse colleagues and receive a small gift of ‘support’ (pictured below). The event was enjoyed by everyone that attended and was a great way to bring colleagues together.

In the lead up to Nurses’ Day on Sunday, the tea and cake continues! All divisions will be marking Nurses’ Day in their own way, with various teams hosting their own tea parties and senior nurses visiting colleagues in their wards/departments with their special ‘thank you’.

Senior nursing colleagues for Surgery will be visiting our nurses in their wards/departments today (Friday 10 May) with cake and a thank you, and senior nursing colleagues for Medicine will be doing the same on Sunday 12 May. Family Health will also be visiting their teams to share their special thanks today and on Sunday.

All nursing colleagues are encouraged to take a moment over the next few days, enjoy some tea and cake with colleagues and reflect on what they love about being a Nurse.

Deputy Chief Nurse, Helen Dobson, said: “International Nurses’ Day is a fantastic opportunity for all of us to take five minutes, celebrate each other and our profession and remember what it is we love so much about being a Nurse.

“I love being a Nurse because every day is different. I never know what to expect when coming into work, other than knowing that I will be working with an amazing and caring team.

“So thank you for all that you do to care for and support our patients, their carers, families and friends, and each other and please ensure that even if in some small way, you mark this very special annual celebration.”

You can even complete this ‘I love being a Nurse because…’ plaque! If you do complete this, take a photo of yourself holding it up and share it on Twitter and/or Facebook. You can tag us on Twitter using @RotherhamNHS_FT or email your photo to us at rgh-tr.communications@nhs.net and we will share them for you!

If you have a tea party or celebration planned in your team or department, please also share your celebration photos! If you haven’t got anything planned, but would like to arrange your own celebration, please speak to your Matron and access the resources available for you to use here: https://www.rcn.org.uk/nurses-day