Healthcare leaders mark International Nurses Day (12 May) by saying ‘thank you’

11 May 2017

The Chief Officer at the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, Sam Hepplewhite, has expressed her gratitude on International Nurses Day to the thousands of nurses who work tirelessly for patients across Colchester and Tendring.

The day long event on 12 May is held around the world to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday in 1820.

Sam also urged nurses to take a moment to think about the ways in which they help and support patients and their carers, often in very challenging and stressful situations.

She said: “Our nurses, matrons and auxiliaries in the NHS and within our provider organisations are very special people. They do so much for our patients and make a huge contribution to our society. Their dedication, skill and hard work is an inspiration to us all.”

Mark Jarman Howe, Chief Executive at St Helena Hospice, said nurses play a key part in providing palliative care. He said: “Our nurses have a really important role at the hospice. They offer clinical and emotional support to patients with an incurable illness as well as their families and carers. I am very proud of the hard working teams we have here at the hospice.”

This year’s theme to the day is ‘A Voice to Lead, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’ with several events planned for nursing staff around north east Essex.

At Colchester Hospital, the first group of work based learners who have qualified as registered nurses will be recognised during a special ceremony on the day. There will also be posts on the hospital’s Facebook site where patients, carers, staff and friends can post inspirational messages about the nurses at the hospital.

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust will be holding a conference on 18 May aimed at celebrating the contributions of its nursing workforce to patient care. The event will focus on a range of issues including nurse apprenticeships and changing culture.

Alexina Weston is Clinical Quality Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at the CCG. She’s been a nurse in psychiatry, community and hospital services with over 40 years experience. She said: “Being a nurse is a hugely rewarding role. It’s a real privilege because you are dealing with people who may be feeling vulnerable or living with illness and need your support. I get a huge amount of job satisfaction and would recommend the profession to anyone wanting a fulfilling and varied career.”

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