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Nursing profession to be celebrated


Students and graduates will share their experiences at a special event to celebrate the nursing profession at the University of Wolverhampton.

The International Nurses Day event on Thursday, 11 May 2017 is held each year to coincide with the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Students will share their experiences of training and entering the nursing profession, including Ben Bullows who will speak about his experiences of completing a placement in Norway.

Charlotte Crellin will talk about making the transition from student to staff nurse, having secured a post as a practice nurse in a GP surgery.

There will also be insights from experts such as Dr Moses Murandu, winner of a national Journal of Wound Care award, who is researching the healing power of sugar.

Mental health nursing senior lecturer Stuart Guy, who was part of the team which won a Times Higher Education award for Outstanding Student Support, will speak about Three minutes to save a Life, the University's programme to mitigate suicide risk in students.

Practice colleagues including Michael Tomlinson, winner of the national Nursing Times award for Mentor of the Year 2016, will also be part of a full programme of activities on the day.

Masters of Nursing Students have created posters on the links between physical and mental health and these will be displayed at the event which is from 1pm-4pm.

Organiser Alison Geeson, senior lecturer in mental health nursing, said: “It is a privilege to organise a celebration of all that is good about nurses and the nursing profession. We are showcasing a collection of positive nursing stories and are very proud of our nursing students here at the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing.”

The event is supported by the Black Country Royal College of Nursing which is funding a prize for the winning poster and a Nurses Day Prize.

The Nurses Day Celebration is held each year around the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, which was 12 May. Florence Nightingale established nursing as a profession with the development of a school of nursing at St Thomas’s in London in the 1850s.

Listen to an interview by 1st year Journalism student Andrew Rigby with lecturer Alison Geeson

Further information

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: Thursday, 04 May 2017

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

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