International Nurses Day celebrated at Great Western Hospital

Nurses new and old are gathered today at the Great Western Hospital to celebrate International Nurses Day 2016.

International Nurses Day

Taking place each year on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, 12 May is International Nurses Day: an opportunity to reflect on the essential role that nurses play in all forms of healthcare.

The day will be marked at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon on Thursday 12 May with a series of fun and interactive activities, including the return of the now famous bed-making challenge.

The hospital’s resuscitation nurses will also be educating members of the public on how to carry out CPR with the help of the many training mannequins in the hospital’s Simulation Suite.

As with previous years, many of Swindon’s retired nurses will be welcomed back to the hospital as they chat to current staff about how nursing has evolved over time with medical advancements.

Chief nurse, Hilary Walker, said: “As well as having fun and looking at how nursing has changed since the time of Florence Nightingale, it really is a fantastic opportunity to highlight just how essential the role of the nurse is to the NHS and its patients.”

As part of the day’s celebrations, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be promoting its Return to Practice and Return to Acute Care courses for registered nurses looking for a way back into the profession after a career break.

For more information on the Return To courses or becoming a nurse for the first time, contact the Trust’s recruitment team on 01793 604983 or email the recruitment team.

Thank you, nurses, for being there for us every day; not just on International Nurses Day.