Oldham Care Organisation is hosting special events in recognition of the hard work and dedication of their nursing community.
May 12 marks International Nurses Day, which is acknowledged globally and falls on the day Florence Nightingale was born.
Nurses were treated to lots of cake with chocolate filled goody bags being sent to those colleagues working in the community. Areas of the hospital will also be decorated with balloons and banners to honor the day with people saying ‘thank you’ to our nurses for everything they do.
Karen Coverley, Director of Nursing at Oldham Care Organisation said: “I am proud to be a nurse and so too are our hundreds of nurses that work at The Royal Oldham Hospital and out in our community teams.
“When I meet with our patients, I hear lots of praise and positive feedback for my nursing colleagues. When I combine that with what I see first-hand on our hospital wards and in our community teams, I’m reminded why nursing is the best job in the world!”
More than 1,500 nurses work as part of the NCA family in Oldham across the hospital and in the community. Javeria Hussain, at the age of 21, is our youngest nurse at the NCA and works at the children’s ward in Oldham. We asked her a few questions reflecting on her time as one of our newly qualified nurses.
What made you want to be a nurse?
As a young girl, I spent time in hospital as a patient and was looked after by a fantastic team of nurses. I had surgery and the nurses were so nice to me and now it is my turn to do the same for someone else.
Ever since my NHS experience, I have always wanted to help children who are not well and play a part in their recovery.
How long have you been working as a nurse and what have you enjoyed most about the role so far?
I qualified just over 4 weeks ago and am really enjoying my time in the children’s ward in Oldham. It is so rewarding to see the progress a child can make whilst in our care. You meet them when they are not well, and it really makes it all worthwhile when you see them smiling and playing again. The best bit is when they are discharged and excited to go home.
Javeria added: “I love seeing the difference you can make as a nurse. Ever since I was small, I loved being around children and this job is everything I wanted and more. “