Event Held to Celebrate Nurses’ Contribution – 30/04/09

Mental health nurses from across Dudley and Walsall are set to join together to celebrate their profession.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) is set to hold an event at Bushey Fields Hospital, in Dudley, to pay tribute to the hard work done by its nursing staff.

The event on May 12 will form part of the national festivities to mark Nurses Day, an annual celebration held on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Display stands will be put up around the hospital’s Clee Ward on the day, as well as posters documenting the history of nursing.

A series of talks and presentations will also be given at the event. 

The Nurses Day celebrations will be used to launch a professional forum for the Trust’s nursing staff. The group, which will meet on a quarterly basis, will be used to communicate information on policy, education and operational issues to its nurses.

Alison Geeson, head of mental health nursing, said she was hoping many of the Trust’s nurses would go along to the event.

“Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12 each year as a tribute for the work of Florence Nightingale who was born on that day in 1820,” she said.

“We wanted to acknowledge the contribution of all our nurses who deliver care and support to service users and carers across both boroughs and to show how vital nursing is as a profession.

“Our Trust has hundreds of nurses in Dudley and Walsall and this event is about bringing them together to celebrate their valuable contributions, network and share best practice.”