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International Nurses' Day, Monday 12 May 2014

An image of some of the trust's nurses with a thankyou message

On International Nurses' Day, Monday 12 May, the trust will be showing appreciation to its nursing staff by showcasing the difference they make to the health and well-being of local patients.

Each year the invaluable care that the trust's nurses provide for local people in the communities of Hounslow and Richmond is recognised on International Nurses Day.

The trust receives many thank you letters and compliments about the outstanding care our nurses provide to the local community - and you can read a small selection on this page.

International Nurses Day has been held annually on 12 May for the past 40 years, a date selected to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, a symbol of pioneering nursing. 

The event is also be a day to celebrate the trust's work in embodying the ‘six Cs’ of high-quality nursing care: compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

Siobhan Gregory, director of quality and clinical excellence shares her story on choosing nursing as a profession:

"International Nurses' Day is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the fantastic work of nurses at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust. The nursing profession is as important today as it has ever been and we will celebrate the impact that modern day nurses make to healthcare.

"On a personal note, I would like to thank our nurses for their hard work and commitment to our patients.

"I started nursing when I was 17 years old and far too many years later, I still look forward to coming to work every day. I believe in the NHS and that we as clinicians make a positive difference to people lives. When I’ve been out with the staff, I am always humbled by the kindness and compassion I see.

"It makes me very proud that we have such dynamic and committed staff. In these times of change and the financial challenges facing the NHS it can be easy to focus on the difficult things and forget just how many good things there are, these good things are because of the commitment of our dedicated nursing workforce."

You can also email us to share your experiences of our nursing services and we'll share the best ones; or tweet your experiences on our Twitter account using #HRCHNurses

To Family Nurse Partnership nurses:

"These past 15 months you have been in my sons life have been amazing! I want to thank the Family Nurse Partnership nurses for absolutely everything you have done for us! I really hope my future children have you as a nurse because you’re the best I could of ever asked for!"

To the Walk-in Centre nurses:

"The nurses at the Walk-in-Centre are absolutely wonderful. They were friendly, cheerful, caring, reassuring, knowledgeable and very professional."

To the District Nurse teams:

"We would like to thank the district nurse team for their help and kindness in looking after my father.  He was treated with care and sensitivity.  For that we will be eternally grateful to all the team."

To the Children's Continuing Care nurses:

"We are all extremely grateful to the Continuing Care team.  Their professional manner, knowledge and support enabled my daughter and husband to learn how to treat their baby’s symptoms and they were enabled by your care team to provide the love and care needed in their last few weeks."

To the District Nurse teams:

"Just to say how much the hard work of your district nurse teams has been evident and appreciated. Despite working at full capacity they have been responsive and have continued to provide the care and support needed to these palliative care patients and their families.  Thank you."