International Nurses Day is celebrated throughout the world on 12th May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It is held annually to mark the significant contributions that nurses make to society.
At Four Seasons Health Care we are thankful to all of our nurses that help us deliver special, dedicated resident experiences every single day.
To help mark International Nurses Day, we want to shine the spotlight on some of the incredible work that just a few of our wonderful nurses do on a daily basis and why they love working in a Four Seasons Care Home:
Jacqueline, Registered Nurse. Domnall Intermediate Care Centre
Jacqueline’s first role at Four Seasons Health Care was a Diversional Therapist at Comber Care Home and she later took on a Care Assistant position. Jacqueline decided to further her career by training as a nurse where she joined Domnall Intermediate Care Centre as a newly registered nurse.
Why do you enjoy your role?
I immensely enjoy working at Domnall and this is largely down to the team! They are more like an extended family rather than colleagues and due to their work ethics and caring nature, I have made a number of lifelong friend over the years.
What do you like about your home?
Domnall is very much a home from home for our residents. We have a relaxed and calm atmosphere, providing individualised person-centred care. Our residents’ daily routines are structured around their needs and wishes to ensure their stay is as comfortable as possible.
Do you have a favourite memory of your time at Domnall Intermediate Care Centre?
Forming a good rapport between our residents and myself is very important to me. My favourite memory is of a gentleman who I nursed for a number of months and in that time I got to know him very well and we built a lovely friendship. One the day of his discharge both of us were very happy that after such a long stay he was able to go home to be with his wife. As he was leaving, he gave me a big hug and we both shed a tear. He asked if I could continue his care at home rather than getting his package of care, which I thought was a lovely compliment and a reflection of his gratitude for the care I gave him during his stay.
If you could describe your career in one word, what would that be?
Kim, Registered Nurse. Victoria Care Home.
What do you enjoy the most about nursing at Victoria Care Home?
I like that my colleagues and the management are supportive and helpful. Also, my role challenges me in a positive way, enabling me to develop my skills as a nurse.
Why were you interested in nursing in a care home setting?
I love building relationships and rapport with residents, so nursing in a care home is great as it allows me to get to know our residents very well. By nursing at Victoria Care Home, I feel it’s enabled me to be a good nurse and make a difference in the home.
Tracy - Home Manager. Layden Court Care Home
Tracy has worked in care homes since 1991 taking on the role of a registered nurse. She progressed in her career by becoming a registered manager. Following this experience, she was keen to return to nursing, which led her to joining Four Seasons Health Care and now is Layden Court's Home Manager.
What do you like about working at Layden Court Care Home?
Our team is very supportive and our home is a lovely environment to work in. It’s also great that I have a voice here as it’s about sharing knowledge and experiences. This enabled me to make a difference in our home.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Giving a high standard of care. I get to go home at night knowing that, yes I’ve done the best that I can do and that my residents are happy.
Why were you attracted to working in a care home setting?
I was looking for the type of environment where I could come in and quickly make a difference. I also liked that I was able to have a voice and develop my knowledge and skills.
To all our wonderful nurses, thank you for everything you do, not just during these challenging times, but always.
Four Seasons Health Care is one of the UK’s largest independent health care providers with over 180 care homes across the UK; find a home near you.
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