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International Nurses Day 2015

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International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12 every year to remember the contribution of nurses in our day to day life. The day marks the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingalewho is known as the founder of modern nursing. The day has been celebrated since 1965.
 
nursesdayq.jpgThe health board is proud to support our nurses on International Nurses Day and here are some ‘Why I Nurse’ Inspirational quotes.
 
“I entered nursing because I believed it to be a privilege to care for and support people when they are at their most vulnerable and dependent, to ensure that patients and their families are treated with dignity and respect and that they be provided with as much information as possible to help them understand and manage their illness.” Daphne Meredith-Smith, Head of Mental Health Nursing
 
“I get great satisfaction for caring for sick and vulnerable patients, to improve or make their life comfortable.” Rebecca Stokes, Nurse Assessor
 
“Being a nurse means you’re invited into the lives of patients and their families, at the best and worst of times, without hesitation and without question. That’s a real privilege, but it comes with massive responsibility to do your job right!” Duncan Blunt, Nurse Assessor for Continuing Healthcare
 
“I know it sounds corny but I enjoy helping people meet their potential. As a mental health nurse I like being part of the recovery team. If this is not possible I am happy just to be here for people.” Sue Greening, Mental Health Nurse Assessor
 
“I have been a nurse for 30 years and seen so many changes but I still enjoy caring and looking after patients.” Deborah Bentley , Staff Nurse
 
“I can’t imagine being anything else. I am so proud to be a nurse and take my profession into different roles in healthcare.” Andrea Gristock, Head of Clinical Education
 
Lynda Williams, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Care said: “Having been a nurse for over 35 years I can truly say it’s been an honour and a privilege to be able to provide care and treatment to patients and their families during difficult times. And now, as the Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Services that honour and privilege is extended to providing professional leadership and direction to nurses providing this care on a day to day basis. I nurse because I care.”
 
“As a Nurse Specialist for Safeguarding Children , I am driven by the need to make a difference to the lives of Children and Young People who have suffered abuse or are at risk of significant harm .” Claire Ellis, Nurse Specialist Safeguarding Children
 
“Simply, I became a nurse to help people through difficult times and there is no better feeling than knowing you have made a difference no matter how small. Just cannot imaging doing anything else.” Geraldine Thomas, Registered Nurse Reviewer
 
Below is a ‘thank you’ from Lynda Williams, the health board’s Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Care to all nursing staff.
 
Today is International nurses day, and this gives us time and space to celebrate all that is good with our profession. You will have seen snippets and photographs from nurses across CTUHB and our university partner USoW explaining …. “ why I nurse” from a range of our nursing staff, including me!
 
It is so uplifting to be able to reaffirm our reasons for entering such an excellent profession and to recognise the values that we all have which can be broadly summed up around our desire to care for and help people and that is such a great place to star. It fits in so well with our organisational philosophy of “ Cwm Taf Cares”.
 
On a personal level, I would like to thank you all for doing such a great but difficult job each and every day for the patients and public that we serve.
 
“I want to make a positive difference to people’s lives.
I love to set people off on a journey of recovery and I want to make sure people are aware of the opportunities they have to improve their mental and physical health.” Lynne Garwood, Nurse Consultant
 
“Everyday is so different and being surrounded by people of all walks of life opens your eyes and being able to help them to maintain their independence, whether that small or big is very satisfying. A smile goes a long way.” Sian Lewis. Lead Nurse for Continuing Health care
 
Our students: helping to preserve dignity at mealtimes
International Nurses Day 2015
 
Kay Margaret Lledo, 27, is a third year Adult Nursing student at the University of South Wales. Already a registered nurse in her home country of the Philippines, Kay has recently been selected as a finalist for this year’s NHS Wales awards, for her project which aims to improve the dignity of vulnerable patients.
 
“My project is called ‘Dignity at Mealtimes’, and is designed to help hospital patients who are unable to feed themselves, by providing an adult apron for them to wear while they eat.
 
The project is aimed at elderly patients, those who have suffered a stroke, or dementia sufferers who have been admitted to hospital and are no longer able to feed themselves independently.
 
As part of our Quality Improvement module we are encouraged to observe care in hospitals and find areas that could be better.
 
While on placements I noticed that some hospitals were using towels or pillowcases to cover patients during mealtimes, which wasn’t always the most efficient way of keeping their clothes clean. There were no formal solutions to this, so I started to think of ways in which we could help.
 
After asking a local company to provide a small number of adult aprons, we conducted a pilot study with patients atPrince Charles Hospital during breakfast, lunch and dinner times.
 
The company actually gave us 25 aprons and we received great feedback from staff nurses, as well as family members who were so appreciative of seeing the patients clean and happy when they came in to visit.
 
I’m very excited and nervous to have been selected as one of the finalists for the NHS Wales Students Improving Patient Safety and Quality Award.
 
It has always been my dream to become a nurse in the UK. It is such an important profession that allows you to help change lives for the better, and I am very proud to be working towards a career in the NHS.
 
I have been lucky enough to have already had a job offer after I graduate, at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London on the palliative care ward. I can’t wait to get started.”
 
The University of South Wales offers pre-regpost-reg and short courses in nursing including specialist courses in palliative care; occupational health and disaster healthcare.