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Nurses Day 2017

Your Nurse Heroes


Outstanding care happens everywhere and at every stage of life. 

Read your messages of support for nursing staff, and tell us about the care you have received, a special colleague, or the person who inspired you to enter the profession.

500+ stories shared in 2016

“I have been a nurse for 33 years and during this time I have remembered Auntie Rose and tried to make her proud of me. Milestones in my career such as qualifying and becoming a matron are more meaningful because I know I’m following in her footsteps.”

Kirsten Foster-Alexander Matron

“Mark Adeney manages a large multidisciplinary team on a 24-bed rehabilitation ward at Norwich Community Hospital. Mark leads a happy and positive team delivering an excellent service. Mark has a can-do attitude and embraces new ideas and challenges that come his way. He is a visible leader, always welcoming and his passion for high quality patient care is palpable on his ward.”

Anna Morgan Director of Nursing & Quality

“I knew before I started my nursing degree that it would be difficult and emotional, as I had seen my mum go through it. But having her to support me and guide me through the process has made the world of difference. I'm now just about to qualify as a nurse and I couldn't have done it without my mum.”

Jordan Goodwin Third-year nursing student
Nurses Day Emma

“No amount of words can sum up the thanks we have for the nurses at Scarborough Intensive Care Unit. Their skill, compassion and dedication brought Emma and Ellie back to us and guided us through the most difficult period of our lives.”

John Haxby Patient

“My mentorsRowena and Faye, have made my first year on placement at Heartlands Hospital incredibly enjoyable. Thanks to them, I believe in myself, and I only hope that one day I can be half as good as a nurse as they both are.

Zoe Speed Nursing Student

“Rona was diagnosed with cancer of the spine in 2010. When she discovered she was losing her battle she carried on fighting in order to finish her course and gain her nursing degree. Sadly, her graduation ceremony came after Rona had left us, but her husband and children were invited to the ceremony and received her award on her behalf. Rona’s funeral was a celebration of life and we were all asked to wear colourful clothes. Her fellow students were asked to wear their uniforms. I was just finishing my course at college so that I could get into university. If it wasn't for Rona pushing me to study, maybe I would never have gotten around to pursuing my dream.”

Julie Nurse
Geraldine Lee

“Sister Harvey was acutely aware when a nurse was struggling or had personal issues. She would take you to one side and listened and offered advice. She always stood up for her nurses too if the doctors said anything. She was our fiercest advocate.”

Geraldine Lee Senior Lecturer & MSc Advanced Practice Programme Lead

"I hope our unique double act encourages others to seek help, and in particular the support of a CNS, because Geke is truly my safety net."

Kes Grant Patient

“When I was a student in my second year Lynn took me under her wing and took it upon herself to teach me as much as she could, from the nitty gritty of nursing on a surgical ward to caring for a person with dementia who might be feeling scared. She has also taught me how all sides of nursing link in with each other and how by putting it all together you can provide the best possible holistic care that every patient deserves.”

James Simpson Nurse

“Pam leads a small team of Admiral Nurses. The quality of the care that Pam and her team provide to people living with dementia, their carers and families means it is a flagship service. She is my inspiration and my nurse hero.”

Lindsay Stewart Retired Nurse

“There are many times when Lauren works past the end of her shift to help colleagues and patients, and when staff morale is low she boosts everyone’s spirits. Lauren created the #TeamWillow motto for our team which is the background to each of our computers on the ward, reminding us to keep going, that we are a team and that we can get through the darkest of days.”

Amy Matthews Nurse
Al Simpson

“The care and compassion shown by the nursing staff has helped us all come to terms with his passing. There were no ‘if onlys’ – Dad received outstanding care and everything was done to keep him alive.”

Al Simpson Patient

Who Is Your Nurse Hero?

Tell us about a special colleague, or the person who inspired you to enter the profession.