13 May 2009
Every day, nurses and their colleagues around the world dedicate their lives to helping other people.
International Nurses' Day is a time for everyone to pay tribute to the dedication, commitment and hard work of nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.
As ever, Nurses' Day this year was held on 12 May (a tribute to Florence Nightingale who was born on the same day in 1820).
However, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust didn't celebrate a Nurses' Day this year. We celebrated two.
The Trust held a dedicated Nurses' Day at both St Helier and Epsom hospitals, on 11 and 12 May, in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
Pippa Hart is the Trust's Director of Nursing. Pippa said: "We wanted to give everybody the opportunity to come along, so it felt right to have an event at our two main hospitals."
The events, which were attended by more than 100 nurses, included free expert seminars on pain control, consent and adolescent health, a celebration cake to mark 100 years of Queen Mary's Hospital for Children, and a dedicated awards ceremony for the Trust's nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.
There were also over 70 free complementary therapy sessions available, with foot, shoulder and neck massages being the most popular.
Peter Coles is the Trust's interim Chief Executive. Peter said: "These two days allowed the Trust to recognise the amazing work of our nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants. I am always humbled by their constant commitment, their unwavering selflessness and their utmost professionalism. We are very proud of them."
Michael Smith is an Emergency Nurse Practitioner and Lead RCN Steward at the Trust. He said: "Research has shown that the average nurse walks over four miles in a shift to care for their patients, so today the Trust said thank you to them all by letting them put their feet up for a while! They thoroughly deserve it."