ST GEORGE’S Hospital has paid tribute to the expertise of its 2,300 nurses.

Speaking at an event to mark International Nurses Day (Thursday 12 May), which is held every year on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the hospital’s Director of Nursing Geraldine Walters praised nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants for the outstanding care they give their patients.

“Nursing is a physically tough and emotionally demanding profession,” she said, “yet the compassion and expertise of our nurses always shines through, a view which is shared by hundreds of patients who every year take the time to write letters and cards to thank our nursing staff for the care and kindness they have received.

“Nurses are without a doubt the driving force behind many of the changes happening at St George’s to improve patient care, and we are very proud of them all.”

The hospital ran a series of events to celebrate International Nurses Day including workshops on modern nursing techniques and a lecture on the life and work of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse who overcame the racial prejudice of her day to nurse soldiers wounded in the Crimean war.

Geraldine Walters continues:

“Today is a day to celebrate the importance of nursing. Day in, day out nurses are making a real difference at the bedside of patients while at the same time they are increasingly holding leadership positions where they have power and influence to challenge and change.”

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