13th May 2016
Nurses from York District Hospital joined students studying Health & Social care courses at York College to celebrate International Nurses Day, which takes place on Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
It was a happy occasion with a tea party, and an opportunity for students hoping to work in healthcare to talk about the role of nurses in today’s society and the future of the nursing profession.
The visiting nurses from York District Hospital, and College tutors who have previously worked in the profession, were able to offer an insight into their working lives by talking about personal experiences and sharing positive thoughts on what they call “the most demanding yet most rewarding job in the world.”
Health & Social Care tutor Dawn Benn said: “It was lovely to celebrate the contribution of Florence Nightingale, the very first nurse, and to join with people all over the world in marking her birthday. Our students are committed to working in the sector and this event gave them an understanding of the great value of nurses and the magnificent, important role they play in the healthcare sector.”
Students studying both the Access to Nursing pathway and Extended Diploma courses wrote speech bubbles to voice their thoughts about the role of nurses, these included: “Nurses inspire me to help people, like they help me.” and “A nurse knows that every day he or she will touch a life, or a life will touch theirs.”
Drew Atherton, Practice Education Facilitator at York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust said: "Thank you for inviting us to celebrate National Nurses Day with the College's Health and Social Care Access students, we really enjoyed the day and hope to build on this with more future collaboration. It was a real pleasure to meet students that are so driven and excited by their futures in healthcare. It is clear the Health and Social Care Access course really inspires and prepares students for university. We came away impressed by the students and wish them all the best in their chosen careers."