Nurses and midwives from around the world working at Wye Valley NHS Trust joined International Nurses Day and Day of the Midwife celebrations in May.
International Nurses’ Day takes place on May 12 each year, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, and International Day of the Midwife happens annually on May 5.
More than 1,200 nurses and midwives from Herefordshire, Wales, and as far afield as the Philippines, India, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain United States, and New Zealand provide care at the Trust’s local hospitals and in people’s homes.
Lucy Flanagan, director of nursing at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “I’m very proud of our amazing nursing and midwifery staff and wish to say a BIG thank you to each and every one of them for their hard work and dedication. Every day they go above and beyond what is required to ensure that patients and mothers and their families receive high quality care round the clock in our hospitals and at home.
“To mark the event our nurses and midwives pinned their national country’s flag to a giant map in Hereford County Hospital’s Spires restaurant to celebrate the diversity of our workforce and the benefits this brings to our organisation. They spoke about the importance of their role, ran an exhibition stands to showcase their profession, and there was a quiz and prize for the winner.”
Emergency Department Nurse Tanya Dass described nursing as a “most profound and rewarding career.”
“When you help people, it gives you an immense sense of satisfaction. We often see our patients during a very challenging time in their life and there’s a real sense of satisfaction to provide care and be there with them.”
Lucy Flanagan added: “This Trust is a great place to work and we have a number of opportunities for nurses to progress their careers and specialise in many areas. We have a comprehensive education and support programme, to ensure nurses have the right skills to provide high quality care for patients in Herefordshire.”
To find out more about working at WVT visit www.wyevalley.nhs.uk (working for us/events).