International Nurses Day celebrated at GWH

Posted: May 10, 2016

Events and activities to mark the kindest career

The inimitable work of nurses will be put under the spotlight at the Great Western Hospital this week as part of the annual International Nurses Day celebrations.
Taking place each year on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, International Nurses Day is an opportunity to reflect on the essential role that nurses play in all forms of healthcare.
The day will be marked at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon on Thursday 12 May with a series of fun and interactive activities, including the return of the now famous bed-making challenge.
All about speed and precision, the timed challenge will see participants race against the clock in a bid to be crowned the quickest bed maker at GWH.
The hospital's resuscitation nurses will also be educating members of the public on how to carry out lifesaving CPR with the help of the many training manikins that live in the hospital's Simulation Suite.
As with previous years, many of Swindon's retired nurses will be welcomed back to GWH as they chat to current staff about how nursing has evolved over time and in line with medical advancements. 

"An essential role in the NHS"

Hilary Walker, Chief Nurse, said: "International Nurses Day is an event in our calendar which we always make sure we put time aside to celebrate.
"As well as having fun and looking at how nursing has changed since the time of Florence Nightingale, it really is a fantastic opportunity to highlight just how essential the role of the nurse is to the NHS and its patients.
"Not only do they provide comfort, reassurance and familiarity at what can be a difficult time, modern-day nurses are heavily involved with the more technical aspects of patient care, meaning their role is now more diverse than ever before.
"It's an incredibly rewarding career, one that is constantly adapting and I would encourage any would-be nurses to come along on Thursday to find out more." 

A route back into nursing 

As part of the day's celebrations, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be promoting its Return to Practice and Return to Acute Care courses for registered nurses looking for a way back into the profession after a career break.
Through specialist training and guidance, the courses provide a well-supported route back into nursing for anyone who has had time away from the blue uniform.
Both courses are split between classroom and ward, with each participant allocated an experienced mentor who can act as a go-to person for any questions, advice or help.
For more information on the Return To courses or becoming a nurse for the first time, contact the Trust's recruitment team on 01793 604983 or at

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