Clatterbridge Private Clinic celebrates International Nurses Day 2021

Colour photograph of nurses at Clatterbridge Private Clinic celebrating International Nurses Day 2021 with balloons and banner

Clatterbridge Private Clinic celebrates International Nurses Day 2021

Every year on May 12th we celebrate International Nurses Day. It’s an opportunity for us to say thank you to all our wonderful nurses who work tirelessly to provide excellent cancer care to all our patients.

Colour photograph of the reception area at the Clatterbridge Private Clinic decorated with pictures of nursing staff, balloons and a banner for International Nurses Day 2021

This date is a significant one for the nursing profession, as it marks the birthday of one of its most famous members: Florence Nightingale. “The Lady with the Lamp” has long represented the courage and care at the heart of nursing. She was also responsible for setting up the first dedicated training school for nurses in 1860. So, on the anniversary of her birth, it is only right that we celebrate the passion, commitment and dedication of nurses throughout the world.

The impact of COVID-19

 

 

Colour photograph of two nurses from the Clatterbridge Private Clinic stood in front of the reception desk in the Liverpool clinic decorated with balloons, pictures and a banner for International Nurses Day 2021

This year more than ever, it is vital that we recognise the major contribution nurses make to our health and wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. But for care workers especially, it’s been a year unlike any other. It should not go without saying that their professionalism in the face of an unprecedented crisis has saved countless lives.

Throughout the course of the pandemic, nurses have put themselves in harm’s way to bring frontline care to millions in need. As a result of this incredible commitment, nurses themselves have inevitably been exposed to the virus. According to the International Council of Nurses (ICN), by the end of 2020, more than 1.6 million healthcare workers had been infected by COVID-19. As the ICN themselves note, this figure is no doubt lower than the real total.

Colour photograph of left to right Laura Rowland, Senior Chemotherapy Nurse at Clatterbridge Private Clinic, Angela White, Chemotherapy Suite Manager at Clatterbridge Private Clinic, Amy Richardson, Chemotherapy Nurse at Clatterbridge Private Clinic and Clare Kelly, Chemotherapy Support Worker at the Clatterbridge Private Clinic stood against a purple wall in the clinic in uniform wearing facemasks

In spite of these risks, nurses have continued to provide the highest level of care. This courage must be recognised, and International Nurses Day is the perfect time to do so.

True dedication

Colour photograph of Helen Vanston, Chemotherapy nurse at the Clatterbridge Private Clinic holding a blue balloon which has text printed on it saying thanks for all you do

Of courses, nurses have not only provided vital treatment for those infected with the virus. They have also continued to support all those who require long-term healthcare, whose needs have not lessened during this crisis. Indeed, for many of our patients, their needs have only intensified. Here at Clatterbridge Private Clinic, our nurses have continued to provide the essential care that our patients need. They have been the first line of support for our cancer patients, showing a truly inspiring level of dedication.

Colour photograph of Laura Rowland, Senior Chemotherapy nurse at the Clatterbridge Private Clinic holding a blue balloon with images of nurses and doctors on with the text thanks for all you do

Despite all the hardships this year has brought, our nurses have kept going. And not just that – they’ve also shown amazing positivity. For some, it has been the most difficult year of their professional lives. But through it all, they’ve kept their spirits high. This has certainly helped our patients to stay optimistic in these sorely trying times. This emotional support cannot be overlooked. Our nurses have truly gone above and beyond.

A little celebration

Colour photograph of a platter of scones with cream, jam and strawberries and two large purple balloons with the text 'International Nurses Day May 12th' printed on them

Colour photograph of two platters of sandwiches for afternoon tea at the Clatterbridge Private Clinic

Here at Clatterbridge Private Clinic, we think it’s important to recognise the achievements of our nursing team each and every year. This year, however, we want to make a special effort. That’s why we’ve arranged a special International Nurses Day celebration across both our sites. In both the Liverpool and Wirral clinic, our staff are being treated to afternoon tea, and we’re encouraging any patients receiving treatment that day to join in with the celebrations too. This is just our little way of showing our nurses how much we value all that they do.

Colour photograph of afternoon tea at the Clatterbridge Private Clinic laid out on a white desk

“The nurses have been outstanding and have managed to keep a positive resolve throughout the last year. For some working through COVID, it has been the biggest challenge they have had to face so far in their careers. I want to say thank you to the clinic’s nurses and well done for keeping our patients and our team safe” said Jacqui McElhinney, Registered Manager of the Clatterbridge Private Clinic.

Colour photograph of two staff members at the Clatterbridge Private Clinic putting their thumbs up celebrating International Nurses Day 2021, one is sat behind the reception desk smiling, another is holding the camera taking the picture wearing a face mask

If you’re interested in helping to celebrate International Nurses Day, or just want more information about how COVID-19 has impacted the profession, visit the ICN website. You can also head over to the Royal College of Nurses website. They are providing an eye-catching frame for your social media profile to help make your appreciation known. You can also print out some handy posters to help spread the word.

Colour photograph of Kim McBride, Receptionist at Clatterbridge Private Clinic and Gill Sloan, Patient Services Co-ordinator at the Clatterbridge Private Clinic, standing in reception with a purple balloon between them which says International Nurses Day May 12th

So why not join us in celebrating International Nurses Day on May 12th? It’s a great way to show your recognition of the inspiring work of healthcare workers worldwide.

 

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