Each year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) celebrates International Nurses Week from 6th to 12th of May, to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, and to bring global awareness and attention to the role of nurses in healthcare delivery.

At St Marys, our nurses are outstanding and the best. In the words of our president and founder , Rev Fr Dr Sergius Duru “ I always want our nurses to be proud of our hospital , because we shall insist on the best for our staff , our patients and our community “

The week was filled with celebrations , and also a three day seminar on emerging nursing care practices. This involved practical sessions and interactions with senior nursing administrators and lecturers from the Nursing Council.

Some of our nurses reacted to some inquiries on WHAT BEING A NURSE MEANS TO THEM.

Jane Otaka , Quality control head nurse said: “It’s about always putting patients at the centre of care.”

Mrs EBOSI , senior midwife sister, O&G ward , said: “Over the years I have come to appreciate being a nurse is not just having the qualifications of nursing but being in a state of constant readiness and service. It is a call to duty to serve with pride and purpose.”

Cynthia I , junior sister in CAC said: “”Being a nurse is taking care without knowing names, religions or beliefs. It’s caring with a full heart, clean tears and supporting with giving hands. “

Nkechi A , Senior Nephrology Nurse said: “I come to work to make a difference for my patients. Although the advent of new technologies has improved patient safety and efficiency in nursing, we serve our patients best when these are complemented by core nursing values such as compassion and understanding. A lot of my patients are given a chance to live just by the love we give them here ”

Jennifer I , a junior staff in OPD said: “ Nurses are like angels on Earth.”

Timothy A, advanced nurse health practitioner and senior matron for emergency care, said: “Being a nurse makes me proud! We care for patients and their loved ones in the most stressful and sensitive moments in their life, and I feel privileged to be that person.”

Lynda O., senior nursing officer and student practice educator, “ Being a nurse is about compassion, listening to patients and understanding what their needs are.”

Theresa Nwankwo, a trainee nursing Assistant said: “When you are a nurse, you know that everyday you will touch a life or a life will touch yours. Every day you will see a ray of hope, which you gave in the eyes of your patients.”

Vanessa I , staff nurse in OPD , said: “For me nursing means helping people heal, meeting their needs while they are in my care, listening to their concerns….”

To all our team of nurses, we say a big CONGRATULATIONS

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