International Nurses Day

Every year on May 12th International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world  – the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

In 2014 a key theme is how the nursing role is changing and how nurses are vital to the health service. 

NHSGGC is one of the largest single employers of nurses in the UK and the roles of many nursing staff have changed over the last decade. Nurses are now taking the lead in many areas of healthcare, whilst working closely with other clinical colleagues, and even more importantly with patients to ensure the patients’ experience is what they expect.,

Nurses are influencing service change in a wide variety of care settings from the patients own homes, to our hospitals and clinics, and Rosslyn Crocket, Board Nurse Director, has seen for herself how nursing staff are achieving these changes.

She said:   “I have been very encouraged during the many visits I have made to local clinical areas where I have been hugely impressed by the enthusiasm dedication and commitment of our nursing staff.

“They are working closely with their patients and other clinicians to deliver the very best care for their patients, whilst identify ways care can continually be improved.

“International Nurses Day is a great opportunity to recognise the contribution all our nurses make whether in hospitals, clinics or patients' homes and to recognise all the good work and care provided to our patients and their families by our nursing staff.

“I want to thank them all for all their efforts, hard work and dedication to deliver the very best of care for each and every patient.” Which is patient centred, safe and effective and at the heart of everything we do puts “Patients First Always”

Tell us about any events you are organising for International Nurses Day webteam@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

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Nursing has changed dramatically since Nightingale’s time – but the principle of patient centred care and compassion remain the same.