VETERANS of Solihull celebrated International Nurses’ Day to mark the contributions health care workers make to society.
The Royal Star & Garter Homes took the opportunity to recognise the invaluable care nurses provide to the residents by running a celebratory lunch where the nursing staff were guests of honour.
The event was celebrated worldwide on Friday, May 12 – a date which also marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
The nursing team made the occasion even more memorable by dressing up in 1940s style nurse and matron uniforms and acting as table waiters to residents.
Following the three-course lunch residents gave a huge round of applause as a way of thanking the care staff – physiotherapists, heath care assistants and lead nurses were among those who were shown gratitude.
Lead nurse Pat Cassidy has been a nurse for 42 years, five of which have been for the charity.
Talking about why she enjoys nursing for the home, she said: “It’s such an uplifting place. I’m astounded by the quality of care people get and I feel proud to work here because of that.”
Pauline Shaw, director of care and service development, and a trained nurse herself said: “Our nurses provide residents with quality care and attention to detail.
“It’s not just about excellent clinical skills; equally important is their passionate approach to the care of older people and a genuine emotional warmth and empathy they bring each day to the lives of the people who have chosen to live with us.
“I salute their dedication, patience and love – it’s what true nursing is all about.”
Staff revealed some of their wonderful memories of going the extra mile.
Pat recalls dressing up in outfits as part of plays coordinated by one resident who enjoyed stage directing.
Health care assistant Lee Mayo acted as a vicar when a resident, who was unable to attend her grandson’s wedding, had their wedding day recreated in the home.
Lead physiotherapist Nicola Eva remembers residents who first came to the home in wheelchairs, but through physiotherapy sessions were able to walk again with assistance .