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Worcestershire Nurses Celebrate International Nurses Day

Each year the invaluable role that nurses play in keeping people in Worcestershire, across the UK, and around the world as healthy and independent as possible is recognised on International Nurses Day.

Kidderminster nurses

The celebration has been held annually on May 12 for around 40 years, a date selected to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, a symbol of pioneering nursing.

Each year we celebrate our nurses’ work following the six Cs of high-quality nursing care: compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment

In Worcestershire nurses will be sending cakes to wards at the Alexandra Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre and The Worcestershire Royal Hospital as an afternoon treat.

Other activities include public facing stalls with goodies available at the three hospitals

Jan Stevens chief nurse at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

"Celebrating International Nurses Day is a great way to reflect on what makes us proud to be nurses and how our roles help and support patients and their families and carers. It’s a great opportunity for us to celebrate the work and professionalism of our nurses who are so dedicated to improving the health of people here in Worcestershire.

“Nursing is an extremely rewarding profession – and much more than a ‘job’.

“Nurses are vital in not only helping the health and care system meet the increasing and changing needs of our patients today but also in developing and delivering an NHS and care system that is fit for the future.

“I come to work to make a difference to staff and patients, ensuring our patients have the best possible experience. I am proud of the incredible effort our nursing teams make to provide expert, compassionate care every day – thank you.”

As part of International Nurses Day our Worcestershire Nurses have been talking about their pride, their backgrounds and how became nurses, here are some of their stories:

Stories of Worcestershire Nurses

Jo Logan

“After I completed my degree which was not in nursing, I was not sure what I wanted to do. I’d worked as a healthcare assistant during holidays and had enjoyed this. I thought being a nurse was a job that I could do and enjoy.

“I trained at the University of Leeds and had my placements at St. James’ and Leeds General Infirmary.

“I’ve been nursing now for over 20 years and I still love my job. It’s not always easy but it is varied and no two days are the same. You get to make a difference every day.

“The thing that I enjoy most about my job is that it is diverse and that we get to work with patients and staff on all sites.

“When I’m not at work I enjoy walking, playing tennis and socialising with family and friends”.

Tracey Mourino

“I am Tracey Mourino and I am NOT related to the “special one” (it is spelt differently), I am married and have two teenage children who are special to me! When I am not at work my social life revolves around them.

“I wanted a hands on job that was not the same every day and I spent a week on a ward for work experience at the age 16 and loved it.

“I knew I didn’t want to train to be a teacher as my Mum and 3 Aunts and 2 Uncles were teachers and family gatherings growing up the conversation revolved around the woes of education!

“I trained at Warwick School of Nursing which was based at Warwick hospital and qualified in 1993.

“Quite ironically I have now stepped into a teaching role which I absolutely love and still no day is the same.

“For me part of the attraction of being a nurse is that the opportunities and diversity of a career in nursing means that you are never “just a nurse”.

Lisa Miruszenko

“I am Lisa Miruszenko and I am the deputy chief nurse at the trust.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I left school but I started as a health care assistant at 18years of age at Moseley Hall Hospital in Birmingham. and really enjoyed the role.

“After 5 years the ward sister inspired me to do my nurse training at the age of 23. I completed my nurse training at Dudley Road Hospital in Birmingham (now known as City Sandwell)

“I stayed at City Hospital for thirteen years before moved on to the QEH in Birmingham for 12 years before moving to Worcester as deputy chief nursing officer.

“I have been very privileged at working in a variety of different specialities and roles with in the NHS. Improving patient care is fundamental in everything I do.

“Nursing has a lot to offer as a career not only is it extremely rewarding but also has lots of variety... every day is a different day!”

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is also publicising the day on social media via our Twitter feed @WorcsAcuteNHS and on our Facebook page /worcestershireacutehospitalsnhstrust.

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