THE HARD work and dedication to outstanding care given by the nurses at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital was celebrated ahead of International Nurses Day.
International Nurses Day took place on 12 May, and was held as a way of recognising the incredible work and achievements that nurses across the world do every single day.
To celebrate, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital, held tea parties across all three sites.
Rachael Russell-Rye, who started her training to be a qualified nurse in 2004, said:
I always knew I wanted to become a nurse. I trained as a mature student and have never regretted it for a second.
My favourite part of being a nurse is that the team I work alongside are all so great. I also love meeting and talking to the patients we care for. I remember one lady I was caring for who was amazing, she taught me that there is always something to smile about.
The party featured plenty of homemade biscuits, some cut in the shape of nurse uniforms, hats, plasters and medicine, as well as an International Nurses Day themed cake which the nurses got to enjoy.
Jane Harris, who began training as a pre nurse cadet in 1958, added:
I have always wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a little kid. I used to pretend to care for my dolls when I was young, bandaging them with dressings. When I received my first wage packet from nursing, I said to my mum that I can’t believe I’m being paid for something that I love!
I absolutely love spending time with the patients I care for and getting to know them. I also enjoy reminiscing about how much nursing has changed over my career.
Donna Green, chief nurse at Hampshire Hospitals, said:
It’s great to take time out to say thank you and celebrate the amazing contribution of nurses. We are very fortunate to have so many fantastic nurses across the Trust.
Photo: Nurses from the Royal Hampshire County Hospital at the tea party