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Bucks nurse's message to us on International Nurses Day

Leanne says there are many reasons why she is proud to be a nurse here in Buckinghamshire.

Published by Dan Gooding at 10:03am 12th May 2020. 3-minute read.

Today is International Nurses Day and Buckinghamshire's NHS is asking us to mark the occasion.

They have shared the above message from Leanne, who is a heart failure nurses usually, but she has been redeployed to help with the coronavirus pandemic.

Bucks Healthcare say that today provides an opportunity to celebrate the 'brilliant nurses at the Trust'.

As today also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who founded modern nursing and pioneered infection control, bosses say it is fitting we use the symbol of her lamp to shine the light on nursing talent.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Logo

If you would like to, you can Shine a Light for our Trust's nurses at 8pm this evening to show your support and to participate in the International Nurses Day 2020 celebration. 

Leanne, a heart failure nurse currently working in one of Bucks' intensive care units, shares her thoughts on what it means to be a nurse and what it's like to work at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BHT):

"There are many reasons why I'm proud to be a nurse, far too many to mention, but the most important one to me is the difference I make to people's lives, both patients and their loved ones.

"From empowering them with knowledge, to supporting them in their darkest hour - no day or shift is ever the same and I love that. I've worked for BHT for the past 14 years and I've never been more proud than I am today.

"Watching colleagues from a variety of different specialities and areas step up and unite over the past few weeks has been immense and I'm so grateful to be part of that."

Nursing has changed dramatically since Florence Nightingale founded the first nursing school in London - nurses are not only on hospital wards, they are out in the community, care homes, academia, running hospitals and developing policy.

The modern nursing challenge is to deliver consistent and improving high quality care and they are essential to meet the challenge of improving care, reducing inequalities and using health and care resources wisely.

Nurses have never been more needed.

Bucks Healthcare would like to invite anyone interested in joining our team at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to follow this link to find out more.

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