International Nurses Day!
Well where to start as a nurse with over 30 years’ experience, I have reflected on what it means today and when I started back in the 80’s… the world has changed but have I? Yes I have grown I hope into an experienced and respected nurse, I believe I have always had compassion about what I do and have carried that with me along the journey. However I have learned so much and met some amazing people.
I am privileged even after all this time to still be very close to patients and families in the work I do; I have worked as an advanced clinical practitioner and now as a consultant nurse. My role allows me to be both clinical and to lead and do research as I can strive to continue to improve the health and care we deliver to our patients. I hold dear to me my role as nurse and know there are so many who do; to be in a position to support and grow the future workforce and share the motivation and passion I believe is also a privilege.
To celebrate International Nurses Day remember why you come to work, patients and families at the very heart of what we do and each encounter every day is what counts despite the challenges we all face and in particular over the last 2 years we can make a difference.
Dr Helen Hurst
Older People and Frailty
Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust