International Nurses' Day on 12 May marks an opportunity for us to promote the work of our nursing staff and the difference they make to the health and well-being of local people across Hounslow and Richmond.
International Nurses Day has been held annually on 12 May for the past 40 years, a date selected to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, a symbol of pioneering nursing. This year some of our community nurses in Hounslow wanted to share their stories on why they decided to become a nurse.
Janet Green – community nurse for 12 years
“I wanted to help people. I previously worked in A&E but I was motivated to care for elderly people. I really enjoy caring for older people, I learn a lot from them. They are extremely appreciative of everything I do for them. It is this appreciation that drives me to be a community nurse.”
Ayobami Ajao – 2nd year student nurse
“I grew up with a nursing background. I decided to become a nurse after going to an open day to hear more about nursing, I was struck by the passion of the nurses who were there that day. As a career option for me, I believe nursing is a truly rewarding career. It is about the small things, a simple smile saying hello to a patient which can make a difference to their day. No matter how big or small the task, it is this great sense of knowing that you are helping so many people. I would say to future students to keep an open mind, nursing can offer such a brilliant career.”
Yamah Katty – community nurse since July 2008
“It was from spending time at an open day and meeting the director of nursing that I was attracted to becoming a community nurse. They contacted me four days after the open day and I have had an extremely rewarding career in the community since. I enjoy the immense sense of satisfaction you have on a good day with my patients, they make it worthwhile. A happy patient is a happy nurse.”