Nursing staff across Tayside marked International Nurses Day with a series of celebration events.
International Nurses Day is celebrated every year around the world on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It recognises the incredible work nursing staff do caring for patients and their families.
Perth Royal Infirmary marked the celebration with an International Nurses Day stand in the main reception area last Friday. Staff and members of the public took the opportunity to speak to NHS Tayside nurses and view an interesting display of historical archives, equipment, and nursing and midwifery uniforms from over the years.
Local children in Perth also joined in the celebrations by taking part in a poster competition, with pupils from Viewlands Primary School and Oakbank Primary School tasked with drawing pictures of nurses.
Six prize winners were chosen in the poster competition by senior charge nurse Audrey Reilly and orthopaedic consultant Brian Singer. The colourful posters are now being displayed in the PRI reception area.
Head of nursing for medicine for the elderly Caitlin Charlton said, “We want to say a big thank you to the children for taking part in our poster competition to mark International Nurses Day. All of the entries were very creative and we struggled to choose winners as the standard was so impressive. It was great to see how the children see nursing in their community.
“International Nurses Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the hard work of all nursing teams across NHS Tayside and recognise the caring and compassionate work they carry out every day for patients.”
Nursing staff in Royal Victoria Hospital in Dundee also marked the celebration by highlighting their proudest nursing moment in a visual display.
Nurse Director Gillian Costello said, “International Nurses Day is an additional opportunity to say thank you to our dedicated teams of nurses. The unique contribution of each nurse is vital for the people we care for and to the quality of nursing services provided. I wish to convey my personal thanks to nurses across Tayside for their commitment and professionalism.”
Associate Nurse Director Jim Foulis added, “Nursing and midwifery are modern and dynamic professions. We have approximately 5,000 nurses working across Tayside fulfilling varied roles with vast skills sets. Our teams of nurses dedicate their careers to delivering outstanding patient care in Tayside.”