International Nurses Day
International Nurses Day is traditionally celebrated every year on the 12th May with a candle lamp service in Westminster Abbey. It celebrates the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing and is celebrated worldwide to mark the contributions nurses make in healthcare.
We managed to corner three of our fabulous nurses to ask them some questions about nursing. Sakeena (SM) works at one of our surgeries in Luton, Hannah (HM) who works in Leeds and Darren Wilson (DW) who works in Doncaster.
- What made you want to become a Nurse?
SM: When I was 13 years old, I was hospitalised back home in India. During my stay in hospital, I watched the nurses on my ward working long, hard days but they always remained caring and looked really presentable in their uniform (back home they wear white tunics). This was the one thing most inspirational to me that helped me to where I am now.
DW: I have always seen myself as a people person who enjoys working with the general public. I started my work career in a bank providing customer service but soon realised that this wasn’t as fulfilling as I first thought. I decided to be a nurse because I felt that contributing to people’s health and wellbeing would be a more rewarding career choice.
HM: My dad who was a doctor, I used to go on the ward with him.
- Who is your nursing inspiration?
SM: The nurse who took care of me when I was young.
DW: My mum, as she cared for my dad with a terminal illness and has never complained. She is my inspiration for life.
HM: Mother T with her love for people
- This year’s international nurse’s day theme is nurse heroes-if you could be any super hero, who would it be?
SM: My Dad, because of him I am now who I am today!!
DW: Wonder woman: she is courageous, strong, and independent, and wears an amazing outfit.
HM: One with a magic wand to make people better with no effort at all!
- This year’s international nurse’s day theme is nurse heroes- if you could have any super power what would it be?
SM: Protection; I can protect myself and those close to me in the event of danger. Look into the eyes of my patients and be sure they know I care about every patient.
DW: I would like to have wands instead of hands, as sometimes people think that’s what a nurse possesses.
HM: Healing powers!
- How long have you been a nurse?
SM: About 31 years.
DW: 11 years, four months, 22 days, six hours and 23 seconds.
HM: 10 years.
- What advice would you give to someone wishing to train to be a nurse?
SM: Nursing is going to change who you are and be one of the most challenging yet exhilarating times of your life and at the end of it all, you’ll be a Registered Nurse – what we all wait for! Remember it will all be worth it!!
DW: Be honest, reliable and most of all have a smile on your face and remember you DO make a difference in people’s lives.
HM: Love people and care about them holistically.
- What is your favourite part of being a nurse?
SM: Being a Community Nurse – working for the community.
DW: Being able to help people when they need it most and being an advocate for vulnerable people.
- What is the worst part of being a nurse?
SM: None, I am proud of being a nurse.
DW: Every family member and friend thinking I know everything about medicine and wanting to show me all their body parts for an instant cure.
HM: Gynaecology stuff!
- Why did you choose a nursing carer in Primary care?
SM: When I finished studying nursing I had a chance to work in the community (instead of in hospitals) in Saudi Arabia about 15 years ago; it was really interesting and I learnt more about why our community need us. Community nurses have developed additional skills in response to the changing needs of the population they serve; such as long-term illness and condition management, identifying and supporting those with exacerbations of serious illness. It is important to recognise that care should be holistic, focussing on self-care and prevention.
DW: To give something back to my community and see nursing from a different perspective
HW: I didn’t enjoy the hospital and wards life, community is amazing!
- What qualities do you think you need to have to be a nurse?
SM: Exceptional-communication skills, empathy, flexibility, attention to detail, high standards of professionalism, solid stamina, sense of humour, emotional stability and quick problem solving abilities.
DW: Patience, understanding, multi-tasking, compassion and a weird sense of humour.
HW: Passion, patience, non-judgemental, caring, compassion and determination.