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Party to recognise Jersey's nursing profession

10 May 2019

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Jersey’s nurses have been invited to a party in their honour as part of an international celebration to mark the contribution that the profession makes to the community.

Nurses’ Day is held annually across the globe on 12 May – Florence Nightingale’s birthday. To mark this year’s Nurses’ Day, members of the Royal College of Nursing have organised for a series of parties to be held across the British Isles with Jersey hosting its party at the General Hospital on Monday 13 May.

The theme of the party, led by head of nursing and governance for the Hospital, Becky Sherrington, and a team of helpers is "Proud to be a Nurse".

During the day-long event Jersey nurses will be able to pop along for a pampering hand massage, free cake provided by the RCN as well as the chance to take pictures with their colleagues in a photo booth.

There will also be a bake-off competition with competitors asked to make nursing-themed cakes, which will be judged by Chief Nurse Rose Naylor and Director General for Health and Community Services, Caroline Landon.

As well as recognising the work that nurses undertake, Nurses’ Day also aims to challenge the stereotypes that surround the profession and to showcase that it is a highly skilled role, carried out by both men and women.

Rose said: "Nurses’ Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the dedication and commitment of our nursing staff. Nursing is a varied and demanding profession and we should be proud of the hard work island nurses carry out every day while looking after their patients."

Becky added: "Our nurses do a fantastic job caring for and treating patients so it is only right that we celebrate the amazing work that they do. I hope that this event will show our nursing colleagues just how much they are valued and appreciated in Jersey."

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