ST Clare Hospice has marked International Nurses Day (12 May) by hosting a tea party in honour of the nursing staff at the Hastingwood-based hospice.
The globally recognised day is celebrated every year on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the founder of modern nursing, as a tribute to the work that nurses do year-round.
St Clare currently employs a total of 26 nurses, with roles ranging from care on their Inpatient Unit, Day Therapy service, Hospice at Home and Community Clinical Specialist services. All together, St Clare nurses work a total of over 5,000 days per year at the hospice, providing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to patients and their families.
Philip Ball, St Clare Hospice’s Director of Patient Care who is also a Registered Nurse himself, said: “The work that our nurses do here at St Clare is absolutely invaluable. The outstanding quality of care that they provide to our patients ensures that every person who comes here has a warm, peaceful and caring experience.”
Philip continued: “Every year, International Nurses Day gives us the opportunity to say a huge thank you to our nurses, and to show respect for the work that they do, day in and day out. Despite its countless rewards, the nursing profession can be a tough reality at times – as I myself know from nearly 40 years as a nurse. I hope that this year, we can all take a moment to think about how a nurse might have helped us, or a loved one, in our lives. This year’s chosen theme, selected by the Royal College of Nursing, is ‘Nurse Heroes’ and we at St Clare certainly witness the heroic actions of our nurses on a daily basis.”
In support of the Royal College of Nursing, St Clare and many other organisations took to social media to voice the national theme of #nurseheroes, in a pledge to raise awareness of the important work and care that nurses provide year round.
St Clare Hospice also hosted a celebratory tea party in the Hospice gardens on 12 May to raise a cup of tea in honour of the work of nursing staff around the world.
For more information about International Nurses Day, visit: www.rcn.org.uk/nurses-day
To find out more about the work of St Clare Hospice, visit: www.stclarehospice.org.uk/care
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