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Nurses share stories on International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day

International Nurses' Day on 12 May marks an opportunity for us to promote the work of our nursing staff and the difference they make to the health and well-being of local people across Hounslow and Richmond.

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. This year some of our community nurses in Hounslow wanted to share their stories on why they decided to become a nurse.

Janet Green – community nurse for 12 years

“I wanted to help people. I previously worked in A&E but I was motivated to care for elderly people. I really enjoy caring for older people, I learn a lot from them. They are extremely appreciative of everything I do for them. It is this appreciation that drives me to be a community nurse.”

Ayobami Ajao – 2nd year student nurse

“I grew up with a nursing background. I decided to become a nurse after going to an open day to hear more about nursing, I was struck by the passion of the nurses who were there that day. As a career option for me, I believe nursing is a truly rewarding career. It is about the small things, a simple smile saying hello to a patient which can make a difference to their day. No matter how big or small the task, it is this great sense of knowing that you are helping so many people. I would say to future students to keep an open mind, nursing can offer such a brilliant career.”


Yamah Katty – community nurse since July 2008

“It was from spending time at an open day and meeting the director of nursing that I was attracted to becoming a community nurse. They contacted me four days after the open day and I have had an extremely rewarding career in the community since. I enjoy the immense sense of satisfaction you have on a good day with my patients, they make it worthwhile. A happy patient is a happy nurse.”