ISLANDERS who want to share their experiences of nurses who have made a difference to their lives are being invited to do so as part of International Nurses Day on Monday 12 May.
On Monday, the Jersey branch of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will be manning a stand in the Parade entrance of the Hospital to enable members of the public to do this by writing their comments on a message board, and say “thank you” to a nurse who has cared for them.
There will also be a specially made cake to mark the day, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, which will be cut by a group of student nurses training in Jersey and just beginning their nursing careers at 11 am.
RCN steward Mo De Gruchy who has been a nurse since 1984 and now trains health care assistants a part of the vocational training team for HSSD, said “We know that there are many Islanders who are grateful for the care of nurses for a variety of reasons, and the roles and skills nurses have. This annual event is an important one for our nursing colleagues; an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate what we do, and the high standards of care we all strive to achieve and deliver, no matter what field of nursing we work in.”
Chief Nurse Rose Naylor added: “Nursing is a brilliant, rewarding, tough, challenging and exciting career made even more special in a small community such as ours. Islanders can rightly be proud of all of the nurses and midwives who work in Jersey, across a very diverse range of settings across the island to support patients and their families through difficult times in their lives.
“We extend a warm welcome to members of the public and staff and invite them to get involved and share with us their experiences and how nurses and midwives have made a difference to them.
“As Jersey’s Chief Nurse I have seen firsthand how hard our nurses work to deliver care in so many different settings, and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of the nurses and midwives working in Jersey for the essential role they play in caring for Islanders.”
Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Anne Pryke added: “As a former nurse I cannot speak highly enough of the work which nurses do, all around the world, as well as in Jersey. To be a nurse is not just a profession, it is an honour and a privilege, to be alongside people and their families when they are at a vulnerable time in their life and offer compassion and care. I hope that Islanders will come and tell us their nursing stories on Monday.”