UHCW marks International Nurses’ Day

UHCW International Nurses DayUniversity Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust marked International Nurses’ Day on Friday, May 12, with a number of events and displays to recognise the contribution made by its nurses, midwifes and healthcare assistants.

International Nurses’ Day is held across the world each year on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday to remember the woman seen as the founder of modern nursing.

A Nursing Excellence Award, a statue of Florence Nightingale, was donated by 202 Field Hospital in 2016 to give out every year at University Hospital.

This year the award was given to Senior Sister Sharon Beddows and her team in the Day Surgery Unit (Main Theatres UHCW and Rugby St Cross Theatres) for performing consistently strongly against UHCW’s Nursing and Midwifery top indicators of quality. The team was recognised for how they worked in partnership to give compassionate high quality care.

The award was presented by UHCW’s Chief Nursing Officer Nina Fraser at an afternoon event for representatives across the Trust.

Earlier in the day, Carmel McCalmont, Associate Director of Nursing for Women and Childrens and Safeguarding and Head of Midwifery, spoke at a special event in Coventry Cathedral about her own personal experience of been a practicing Nurse and Midwife for over 30 years and on supporting student midwives at the Trust.

The cathedral event was organised by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, Coventry University and George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust for staff and students across the region. It was attended by 80 UHCW nurses and midwives.

Chief Nursing Officer, Nina Fraser said:
“The events on International Nurses’ Day 2017 have been a wonderful opportunity to recognise the contribution made by every Nurse and Midwife working for the Trust. Every day our staff go the extra mile for patients, so this is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate their hard work and dedication.

“The Florence Nightingale Nursing Excellence Award trophy was won by the Day Surgery Unit this year recognising how the team have gone above and beyond to provide world-class care to all their patients.”

“The day has been an amazing opportunity to let our nursing staff know that their efforts and expertise are greatly valued,”