Children to thank their favourite nurses with pen and paper

Nurses in ICU

Nurses on Southampton General Hospital’s children’s wards will find out just who is the biggest hit with the kids during a competition to mark International Nurses Day on Tuesday (12 May).

Staff in the child health department will give young patients an opportunity to write poems and stories or draw pictures of their favourite nurses, with entries being displayed in the child health entrance.

The fun contest is just one of many activities taking place as Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust celebrates Nurses Day, which commemorates Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Across hospital departments, the important role of the Trust’s 3,000 nurses will be highlighted through displays, presentations and other activities.

The infection prevention team will show a timeline detailing advances in hospital safety over the years, while the critical care department will showcase modern day resuscitation equipment and the neonatal unit will discuss innovations in nursing care.

Judy Gillow, director of nursing, said: “International Nurses Day is an opportunity to reflect on the contribution nurses have made and look ahead to the continued commitment they will make to improving the experience for the patient and putting them at the centre of their care.

“It is also an opportunity for us as an organisation to say thank you to the nurses who work here and who help in making us the hospital of choice for patients.”

Posted on Friday 8 May 2009