Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is using Tuesday 12th May, Nurses Day, as an opportunity to celebrate the contribution that more than 3,000 nursing and midwifery staff make to patients across Castle Hill Hospital, Hull Royal Infirmary and the wider community.
Nurses Day is celebrated annually on 12th May, to coincide with the birthday of the country’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.
At Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, nurses and midwives make up more than 40% of the entire workforce, ranging from critical care and research nurses through to infection control specialists, theatre staff, and occupational health nurses, who care for hospital employees.
And the good news is that nursing and midwifery numbers will be increasing further over the coming months, as the Trust continues its drive to recruit more of them in order to further improve patient care.
Mike Wright, Chief Nurse for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, says:
“I have been a nurse for over 33 years and, whilst it can be really hard work at times, it is also an extremely rewarding career. The great thing about nursing and midwifery is that there are so many different opportunities and areas in which to specialise, there really is something for everyone.
“In the past, there have been concerns noted about nursing and midwifery staffing levels here at the Trust, and we continue to work hard to try and address these. We’ve gone to great lengths to attract high quality nurses from across Europe to come to Hull to work with us and we are supporting unregistered nursing auxiliaries through their nurse training, and we’re working closely with the University of Hull to try and encourage as many newly qualified nurses and midwives as possible to stay in the city once they have graduated.
“I’m delighted to say that more than 100 new nurses have joined us in the past few months, and we’ve been successful in recruiting a further 20 nurses to work within our new, world-class Emergency Department, which is brilliant news for staff and patients.”
“As the Trust’s Chief Nurse, it is my pleasure to be able to go out and about and meet some truly amazing people who have devoted their lives to the care of others. I see this not just on Nurses Day, but every time I visit our wards, clinics, and community facilities, and it makes me incredibly proud of them and of my profession. I would like to thank personally every nurse and midwife for their hard work and commitment and for the fantastic care that they deliver to our patients and service users.”
Since its introduction a year ago, the NHS Friends and Family Test has also served to highlight just how much patients value the Trust’s nursing staff, with comments such as “nursing staff were extremely helpful and caring” and “the overall care from the nursing staff was second to none” being made regularly.
To supplement its recruitment efforts, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust will also be hosting a special ‘careers day’ for those interested in joining the profession later this year. More information will be shared in due course.