Inspirational stories from retired and newly qualified nurses were shared during a special International Nurses’ Day event at the University of Wolverhampton.
A range of positive stories from graduates, lecturers and a nurse from the 1950s and 60s were showcased on Thursday, 11 May 2017.
The Nurses Day Celebration is held each year at the University around the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, which was 12 May.
Among those speaking at the event was Adult Nursing graduate Charlotte Crellin, who has secured a job as a practice nurse in a GP surgery in Rugeley.
She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my training and have made some lifelong friends along the way.
“My job is incredible. I am in such a privileged position in that I am there for people from birth until they die. I’m learning all the things needed to be a fully-fledged practice nurse and have been able to build on the knowledge I already have. I’ve got that blue uniform that you work hard to get, and it feels great once you’re wearing it. I have a name badge that says NURSE!
“My nursing degree gave me such a good grounding of knowledge in all areas and I’ve been able to build on this knowledge.
“One big thing I learnt in university was Making Every Contact Count. We were told that we carry out health promotion at every opportunity we get. In general practice, I carry out health promotion all the time.”
Organiser Alison Geeson, senior lecturer in mental health nursing, said: “We are so proud of our nursing students and graduates, and International Nurses’ Day is an opportunity to celebrate the very best of this challenging and rewarding profession. It was a joy to hear such a variety of passionate and inspirational stories from all our speakers.”
Graduate Ben Bullows shared his experiences of completing a placement in Norway, while Dr Moses Murandu spoke about his research into the healing power of sugar and his own nursing journey which started in Zimbabwe.
Mental health nursing senior lecturer Stuart Guy talked about a University programme to mitigate suicide risk in students titled Three minutes to save a Life. The initiative won a Times Higher Education award for Outstanding Student Support.
Michael Tomlinson, winner of the national Nursing Times award for Mentor of the Year 2016, shared his thoughts on how to empower students and encourage them to maximise their potential.
Masters of Nursing Students created posters on the links between physical and mental health and these were displayed at the event.
The event was supported by the Black Country Royal College of Nursing which funded a prize for the winning poster and a Nurses Day Prize.
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Date Issued: Friday, 12 May 2017