Celebrating Nurses' Day 

12/05/2011 00:00 

Nurses from UCLH are featured in a major online campaign launched today to celebrate Nurses’ Day 2011.

 Video stars Rachel Nakuwungu and Rosalie Friars

Video stars Rachel Nakuwungu and Rosalie Frias

The nurses were among celebrities, VIPs and patients supporting the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) campaign which profiles the work of nurses throughout the NHS.

The RCN has been calling on patients, their friends and families, and nurses to sign a pledge showing their support for individual nurses and the profession as a whole.

As part of the campaign, video clips featuring Catherine Leech, Sally Beyzade, Rachael Nakawungu,Aimee Mwaliasha, Rosalie Frias, Carlo Sandoval, Dr Arup Sen and Paula Conway have been uploaded to the RCN website. In each clip, the UCLH nurses explain why they support Nurses’ Day and why they love their jobs.

The videos take pride of place, alongside messages of support from writer and maternal mortality campaigner Sarah Brown. To view the clips click here

Patients also left their messages of support, including Francis Leavy who was treated on T9 at UCH. He said: “It didn’t take me long to notice that nurses and sisters – everyone – were running around, all to make me better. There was someone there working on my behalf and I’m pleased to say they were very successful and I am going home today. I cannot find the words to thank them for their kindness."

Katherine Fenton, UCLH chief nurse, said: “I am incredibly proud of the work of nurses here at UCLH. Their commitment and dedication to ensuring patients receive the very best possible care is second to none. Nurses’ Day is the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on the contribution nurses make to this Trust.”

Nurses’ Day is an internationally recognised day that celebrates everything that’s good about nurses and nursing. The 12 May was chosen as the birth date of Florence Nightingale who is recognised by many as an important founder of modern nursing.

The Nurses’ Day website encourages patients to upload their stories about excellent nursing care and why they will be celebrating nurses’ day. Nurses are also encouraged to send in their stories about what they love about the profession and why they enjoy being a nurse.

Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said: “Nurses play a key role in the fabric of society and of course, many are the lynchpin that holds the NHS together. Nurses’ Day is an opportunity to celebrate the most caring profession in the UK."

The full text of the pledge reads:  "Nurses are incredible - they help us stay healthy, care for our families and heal our loved ones. I want to say thank you to each and every nurse, that's why I pledge to show my support for Nurses’ Day on 12 May."

Meanwhile, a figure of Florence Nightingale, by sculptor Arthur George Walker (1861-1939), is to go on permanent display within UCH as part of Nursing Day. The cast bronze figure, on a base of marble, was given to the Sophy Hall Ward, Elizabeth Garret Anderson Hospital by Lady Hall in circa 1918. The figure is based on the monument to Florence Nightingale in Waterloo place, also made by Arthur George Walker.

The figure is the first of many objects that will go on display from the Trust’s archives as part of an initiative to celebrate the Trust’s rich heritage.


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