St Margaret's celebrates International Nurses Day

St Margaret’s Hospice is joining healthcare professionals across the country to celebrate International Nurses Day.

The occasion has been honoured by nurses since 1965 on May 12, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who was hailed as the founder of modern nursing. To celebrate this special day nurses from across the Hospice shared with us pictures from when they first started in their nursing career.

Some of our wonderful St Margaret's nurses when they first started in their careers

Nurses around the world go above and beyond to deliver quality care to patients every day and St Margaret’s is no different. The hospice’s team of nurses, together with health care assistants, doctors, therapists and other clinical staff provide care and support for patients with a life-limiting illness and their families.

Anna Saunders, a Senior Nurse who works on our In-patient Unit in Taunton, was inspired to start nursing when still a teenager after the death of her father.

“I was inspired to get into nursing by the amazing nurses who looked after my father. As soon as I saw the way they cared for him and my family I was intent on providing that same compassion to others.” Anna said.

“I have been a nurse for 15 years and absolutely love working at St Margaret’s looking after patients at a time when they can feel their most vulnerable towards the end of life.  It’s a pleasure and absolute honour to be part of their journeys.”

St Margaret’s also supports clinical staff with training, supporting the next generation of nurses. Michelle Selley, a Health Care Assistant has recently been given the opportunity to study under a Trainee Nurse Associate post.

Michelle, pictured right, said: “I feel privileged and honoured to be the first Trainee Nurse Associate at St Margaret’s. I am excited to start my new post. It’s going to be a busy two years with lots of studying but I am ready and can’t wait to take this next step.

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