Hospital trust staff to celebrate achievements of city's nurses

Staff at Southampton’s university hospitals will celebrate the achievements of nurses in the city through a range of events and activities to mark international nurses’ day tomorrow (Thursday).

The day is recognised around the world every May 12 – the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth – with this year’s focus on the role of nursing in improving the resilience of healthcare systems.

At University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, colleagues, patients and other guests will show their appreciation for more than 3,000 nurses through coffee and cake mornings, tea parties and competitions including a bake off between departments.

In addition, young patients at Southampton Children’s Hospital will design pictures and descriptions of what they feel makes the best nurse.

The afternoon will see a conference with poster presentations and seminars to showcase developments and excellence in nursing practice across Southampton General and the Princess Anne hospitals, Southampton Children’s Hospital and hospice Countess Mountbatten House.

This will include an awards ceremony with five categories – registered nurse of the year, healthcare assistant of the year, mentor of the year, director of nursing award for outstanding contribution and patient feedback award – and 64 nominees.

Following the awards, staff will present talks on topics including nursing over a century, the role of advanced nurse practitioners in neonatal services, the emergency department nursing workforce, excellence in global healthcare and the contribution of nurses from overseas.

Gail Byrne, director of nursing at UHS, said: “This will be the third dedicated event to celebrate international nurses' day within our hospitals and we hope to build on the success of previous years with a packed day of activities to mark the achievements of our nursing staff.

“This day is a fantastic opportunity to look at some of the excellent progress being made in nursing care in our trust, to reward those performing at the highest level and to share learning with colleagues to further improve our services.”

The awards ceremony and presentations will take place in the Heartbeat Education Centre (F level, North Wing) at Southampton General Hospital from 2pm.

Posted on Wednesday 11 May 2016