Hard working nurses honoured as part of International Nurses Day

Doctors and nurses from across Southport and Formby have been busy taking part in a charity lunch break cake sale as part of International Nurses Day.

To mark the occasion, staff from the North Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group showed their baking skills and brought in cakes for a charitable donation raising over £100 for the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) Foundation.

This money will go towards supporting the needs of nurses, midwives and health care assistants as well as nursing students.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse and quality officer at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “I will have been a nurse for 28 years in June and having worked in both hospitals and in community settings before I started working in commissioning I always think about how it comes back to getting the quality of nursing right.

“This is why we work together with our nurses across Sefton on a regular basis and put our patients at the forefront of all we do.

“It is great to have International Nurses Day to celebrate our nurses and to thank them for all their hard work.

“This week we’ve showcased some of our Sefton nurses in different settings to give them the chance to tell their story and to tell others how they became involved in nursing and what it means to them.

“The cake sale went down a treat and all for a very worthy cause. I didn’t realise how many bakers we had here at the CCG!”

As a registered charity the RCN Foundation helps individuals to develop their practice so that they can provide the very best possible advice, support and care to patients. It achieves this through awarding project grants and bursaries.

Additionally, its hardship funding provides assistance to members of the nursing team in times of need, providing that extra support they may need to get their lives back on track.

Organised annually by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12th May each year, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

The day is an opportunity to recognise and reflect upon the contribution that caring nurses and allied health professionals make to people’s lives all around the world.