Celebrating nursing at GWH

Posted: May 2, 2014

Hospital invites public to join their celebrations

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is gearing up for an array of exciting events and fun activities as they mark International Nurses Day.

On Monday 12 May they will be celebrating all that is good about nursing with inspirational and thought provoking exhibitions, events and presentations. 

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What's happening?

From 10am-4pm at Great Western Hospital there will be a special exhibition looking at nursing through the ages with old uniforms, artefacts and memorabilia.  This is open to staff, members of the public and school children to attend.

From 2pm there is the chance to hear about how nursing has changed over the years, with stories from retired nurses and a look at nursing today in the 21st century.

Careers event

A careers drop-in event is also taking place on the day from 10am-4pm.  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 (UWE) who are supporting.

Children's artwork unveiled

Rounding off the day at 4pm will be the unveiling of artwork produced by local school children last year depicting what they think makes a lovely nurse.  The display will be shown on the ground floor of the hospital by the north entrance (next to the play ground).

Hilary Walker, Chief Nurse said: "Nurses Day gives us a fantastic opportunity to shout about 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."

The Trust will also be celebrating one year on from the launch of their Nursing Strategy.

Hilary continues:  "Our Nursing Strategy, launched a year ago, was about setting the direction of travel for our nursing workforce and taking frontline patient care to a higher level whether on a ward or in patient's own homes.

A lot has been achieved since we launched the new strategy including a major £1.1m investment in nurse recruitment and £250,000 invested in training and development, so Nurses Day is also a great opportunity for us to reflect on these achievements and look ahead at what more we need to be working on in the future."

All the activities and events will be taking place in the Academy at GWH on the lower ground floor.

More information about Nurses Day is available at http://nursesday.rcn.org.uk/.

(*Logo from the Royal College of Nursing) 

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