Among the many events in London, RCN President Cecilia Anim joined the celebrations at Croydon Hospital on Wednesday 11 May where she met community nursing staff at Leonard Road in West Croydon, unveiled a nursing statue at the acute hospital and visited two wards meeting patients and staff. Cecilia spoke of the pivotal role community nurses had in keeping the people of Croydon healthy and gave an inspiring talk on her nursing journey starting in a rural part of Ghana to becoming the first BME president of the RCN. She also presented awards for the Nurse, HCA and Midwife of the Year.
Regional Director Bernell Bussue visited all five Barts Health sites on Thursday 12 May, together with Barts Chief Nurse Caroline Alexander.
St Helier Hospital
RCN Director of Nursing Dame Donna Kinnair was the guest speaker for the event at St Helier Hospital on Friday 13. The day had an international culinary theme and staff were encouraged to bring food from around the world to supplement the obligatory cake!
Homerton University Hospital
RCN London officers supported a well-attended Nurses’ Day event at the Homerton on 18 May. Leaflets about the RCN’s work were very popular, and there were lots of questions and support around NMC revalidation.
Nurses Day takes place on 12 May each year, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. 2016 is the Royal College of Nursing’s centenary year, which made our Nurses’ Day celebrations even more special. It’s a chance to celebrate the remarkable difference nursing staff around the world make every day and a time for patients to thank nursing staff for their dedication and care.
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