'I couldn’t be more proud to be a nurse' - International Nurses Day recognises vital work

May 12 2020
'I couldn’t be more proud to be a nurse' - International Nurses Day recognises vital work

THREE nurses working have spoken of the vital work they do to mark International Nurses Day today.

Richard Flossman, Jocelyn Caballero and Eleazar Tapia (pictured above, left to right) work at Brunelcare’s Deerhurst Care Home in Soundwell, South Gloucestershire, and have a combined 40 years’ experience between them.

Brunelcare has highlighted their work as part of International Nurses Day, which takes place on May 12 each year.

The date was chosen as it was the birthday of Florence Nightingale. This year, with her successors’ vital work in the public consciousness more than ever, is the 200th anniversary of the pioneering nurse’s birth.

Richard, a registered nurse with four years’ experience in the health care sector, looks after elderly people living with a dementia.

He said: “The best part of my job as a registered nurse is making a difference, not only to the residents in our care but to their families and friends too.

It’s common knowledge that things in the sector have had to change considerably over the past few weeks, such as cancelling all visitations and only allowing essential visits.

As nurses, we ensure the well-being of all of our residents, so were going above and beyond to ensure families stay connected.

We do this by using either technology or calling family members with updates about their loved ones. To have a day dedicated to nursing is just fantastic and really humbling!”

Deerhurst a deputy manager and registered nurse Jocelyn has worked for the charity since 2001 after starting her career in hospitals.

She said: “I couldn’t be more proud to be a nurse on International Nurses Day. It’s humbling the day is getting recognised!”

Eleazar, a registered nurse, has been working for the charity since 2015 and worked with elderly people living a dementia in the Philippines before moving to the UK in 2006.

He said: “My favourite part of the job is spending good quality time with our residents and ensuring their well-being is the best it can be. It’s great that nurses like myself are finally getting the recognition we deserve. It’s only now, during the coronavirus crisis, that people seem to be recognising our contributions – even though it’s a little later than expected, it’s still great!”

Brunelcare’s director of nursing and care homes, Sandra Payne, said: "It's great that we can celebrate International Nurses Day at Brunelcare.

We have over 60 nurses working across the charity and it's fantastic to see that the profession is finally getting the recognition it deserves. All of our nurses are so passionate about what they do, have a wealth of experience and all work extremely hard to deliver top quality care for all our residents and tenants.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Brunelcare, our nurses, our carers and our support employees too, especially at these difficult times. Happy International Nurses Day!"

Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG is joining nursing leaders across the country in calling on people to ‘shine a light’ from their window at 8.30pm today to mark International Nurses Day today, to show their appreciation for all that nurses are doing to save and rebuild the lives of patients with coronavirus.

Nightingale became known as The Lady with the Lamp"as she made rounds to care for wounded soldiers at night during the Crimean War of 1853-56.

2020 has been made International Year of the Nurse to mark the bicentenary of her birth.

CCG director of nursing and quality Rosi Shepherd said: “It’s important that we take opportunities like International Day of the Nurse to celebrate the contribution that nurses make to our communities and recognise the essential role our highly skilled nurses play in all health and care settings, especially during this particularly challenging time.

I encourage everyone to take the time to show their appreciation for our local nurses, both past and present, by joining this event this evening.”

To mark International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary, an image of her and a message of thanks will be projected on to her place of work, St Thomas’s Hospital, from the Houses of Parliament.