South Tyneside nurses celebrate birthday of Florence Nightingale

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HEALTH chiefs in South Tyneside will celebrate the birthday of iconic nurse Florence Nightingale next week – with a tribute to the vital work of their own team of medical marvels.

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust is marking International Nurses Day, held each year on Florence Nightingale’s date of birth, May 12, with displays highlighting the diverse and innovative work of today’s generation of nurses.

The trust employs about 2,700 nurses in hospital services in South Tyneside as well as community health services, including district nursing, health visiting, school nursing and palliative care, in South Tyneside, Gateshead, and Sunderland.

A display will be on show at South Tyneside Town Hall’s Customer Service Centre, from 9am-10.30am on Monday, May 12, with information on nursing and how to sign up for a career on the wards.

An information stand will also be on display at Alexander’s Restaurant, at South Tyneside District Hospital, from Monday, May 12, to Thursday, May 15.

The events will also celebrate nursing achievements, the experience of patients and the important issue of infection control.

Louise Burn, acting director of nursing and patient safety, said: “Our nurses do a fantastic job in a wide variety of roles, and are constantly looking at how they can make services better.

“They are dedicated to ensuring that each and every patient receives care that is as safe as possible, and to making a difference to patients and their families, from the moment a new life begins, to saying goodbye to a loved one, and all the stages in between.

“Nurses Day is an opportunity to celebrate this dedication and diversity, and we very much hope that people will come along to our stands. There will be information and fun activities linked to nursing and nursing careers, as well as health and lifestyle issues, and we’re aiming for lots of interaction with the public, including seeking their views on what matters to them about nursing.”

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