GWH to celebrate International Nurses' Day

Posted: May 11, 2015

Celebrating the vital contribution made by nurses

Work done by nurses will be under the spotlight during a special day at Swindon's Great Western Hospital.

On Tuesday May 12 staff will be on hand at The Academy in the lower ground floor of the Marlborough Road hospital to mark International Nurses' Day with an exhibition of nursing paraphernalia and other interactive events, including a talk about nursing in years gone by from the local NHS Retirement Fellowship.

The day, which runs from 10am to 3pm, is free of charge and is open to the public and staff.

Learn about a career in nursing

A careers drop-in event is also taking place from 10am to 3pm.  This is open to pre-registration nurses and registered nurses, and anyone else interested in a nursing career. There will be special provision for nurses who are not currently in practice but wish to regain their nurse registration or those who work elsewhere and wish to return to acute care. 

GWH's senior nurses and the HR team will be on hand with career advice, along with Oxford Brookes University and University of the West of England who are supporting.

Artwork by children of hospital staff who were asked to use the theme of what they thought made a lovely nurse will be unveiled at the end of the day and then displayed for all to see in the hospital. Winning entrants will be presented with a prize.

Traditional bed-making

Pairs of nurses will compete against the clock to make a bed in a traditional style, using two sheets, a blanket or cover and a pillow. Strict rules will be applied and participants' efforts will receive two-second penalties for mistakes - traditionally bedding needs to be turned under the mattress, with symmetry, precision and no creases being key factors.

Last year's winners - Sarah Finney and Rachel Stevens - will be looking to defend the title they won last year.

Showcasing the vital contribution nurses make

Hilary Walker, Chief Nurse, said: "International Nurses' Day gives us a wonderful chance to display what nursing means to us, and proudly showcase to others the vital contribution our nurses make.  It's going to be a jam-packed day, and we hope it will prove fun and thought-provoking for everyone.

"While the core caring skills of nursing remain the same as they have ever been, these days nurses routinely develop additional, often more technical skills, which means they have an even bigger contribution to helping people with their health needs."

Claire Barker, Training and Development Manager, said: "The bed-making competition is always popular and hopefully a new time record will be set this year. The day is for everybody and not just nurses - I am looking forward to meeting all who take the opportunity to come down and enjoy what will be on offer."

Return to Practice

As part of the day's celebrations, the Trust will also be promoting its Return to Practice course for registered nurses looking to return to work after taking a career break. 

The course will provide nurses with the support, guidance and training they need to get back on a ward at the Great Western Hospital or at one of our community hospitals across Wiltshire.

Course leaders will be on hand to answer questions and provide further information at a special coffee afternoon, taking place between 4.30pm and 6pm in the Academy.

For more information on the course, please contact Shelley Knight on 01793 604437 .

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