Today (Thursday 12 May) is International Nurses Day, an event observed around the world each year on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth to mark the vital work of nurses across the globe.
We want to take the opportunity to say a huge "thank you" to our incredible nurses in our Children's Hospital, Women's Hospital, Mental Health Service and across the community. Everyone one of our staff does a vital role in providing the very best care for our women, children and families.
To mark the occasion, we are releasing a "Life as a Nurse" video series on our Trust YouTube channel, where nurses from across the Trust share insights on their role at our Hospitals. We speak with newly qualified nurses to find out what it's like to train as a nurse and what life is like as a nurse in our Trust.
What's it like to train as a Nurse at Birmingham Children's Hospital?
Newly Qualified Nurses at Birmingham Children's Hospital do essential work caring for our children and families. They talk about their role, what inspired them to become nurses, and what it's like to work at BWC. When asked what they would say to aspiring nurses, all of our interviewees had the same answer - "just go for it". Take a look at the video here.
What is it like to be a Mental Health Services Nurse?
Nurses in our Mental Health Service, both in our inpatient CAMHS and our 0-25s community services, Forward Thinking Bimingham, do a vital role in supporting and caring for our young people. This week is also Mental Health Awareness Week, and we want to say thank you to our nurses for their dedication, passion and hard work in helping our patients live positive lives.
Take a look at the video on YouTube channel with our nurses from our inpatient Parkview Mental Health Clinic, who talk about their important roles.
Supporting our Women - Lizzie and Shanteela in the spotlight
Fertility Nurse Lizzie Price and Shanteela McCooty, Clinical Nurse Specialist from our Women's Urogynaecology unit, help us to explore the diverse and exciting routes within nursing.
Shanteela discusses how she naturally gravitated towards a career within Urogynaecology, supporting women's quality of life and enhancing the lives of many. Lizzie discusses the emotional rewards of her role, being able to help our patients to build the families that they have been waiting for during their fertility journey.
Reflecting on gaining their nurse's pin during training, our dynamic duo share the types of qualities our BWC nurses possess to ensure patients' emotional and health-related needs are met.
Keep an eye out here for more videos from our nurses today and make sure to check out our Instagram page to view our "nurses through history" story bites.