HEALTH: International Nurses Day celebrated across Dorset


International Nurses Day was celebrated in style around the world, but especially so in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. 

The day was chosen to commemorate the day of Florence Nightingale’s birth, and it now represents the contributions that nurses make to our society.

The event itself is organised by the International Council of Nurses. 

Nurses play a pivotal role in the NHS and around the world, they are often the main people we interact when receiving medical care.

Florence Nightingale’s birthday was chosen as the date because of her famous work in the Crimean War; something that inspired many of the modern ways in which we administer care. 

This was further professionalised after she opened her nurses school at St Thomas’ Hospital; this school is now a part of King’s College London.

In Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole Hospitals hosted events in celebration of the day, as nurses were honoured with gifts.

Encore Care also celebrated the day at their three care homes: Fairmile Grange at Christchurch Hospital, Great Oaks in Bournemouth and Hamble Heights in Fareham, every nurse was presented with a goody bag including wine and chocolate.

Events were held on the day which involved both residents and the nurses, including crosswords and quizzes which were themed on nurses.

Rachel Dryden, Chief Executive Officer of Encore said: “It was lovely to honour all of our hard- working nurses, who provide such fantastic care around the clock. The commitment and devotion they show to our residents is exceptional and truly appreciated.

“Celebrating days like this gives us an immense sense of satisfaction and we were so pleased to be able to give something back to them and show how much they are valued.”

For more information about International Nurses Day, check out this website.


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