Hard working nurses treated to pampering for their 'courage and dedication'

Kirsty Johnston of Bolton College gives nurse Andrea Riding a hand massage

Sumaira Naveed, of Bolton College, massages Linda Woods’ hands watched by Jane Brierley, beauty therapy lecturer

Newly-qualified nurse Samuel Smith with Trish Armstrong-Child, director of nursing

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

HARD working nurses at the Royal Bolton Hospital were treated to some well-deserved pampering as they were rewarded for their “courage and dedication”.

Staff from the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust joined nurses across the globe in celebrating their profession on International Nurses Day.

Beauty therapy students from Bolton College paid the hospital a visit to give nurses some well deserved pampering for the event, which takes place every year on Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Nurses also gathered at the Royal Bolton’s chapel to reflect on the challenges nurses face and the drive to improve patient care.

Trish Armstrong-Child, director of nursing at the Bolton trust, said it was more important than ever to thank nursing staff for their work in such turbulent times for the NHS.

She said: “As an organisation we wanted to recognise the importance of the profession and the fantastic work our nurses do here in Bolton.

“We also felt it was important to celebrate the day as a thank you to them. We have a diverse range of nursing staff working in the hospital and in the community — from health care assistants to ward matrons — and every single one of them has a contribution to make.

"I think these are very turbulent times for nursing as a profession so it is more important than ever to recognise the challenges for the job.

“There’s no doubt nursing has been through a difficult time over the past year nationally.

“We absolutely should not defend the indefensible but we should remember to celebrate some of the fantastic work that goes on.

“That’s why we have focused on courage for International Nurses Day to make nurses to stand up for what is right and to also stand up for their profession.”

Baskets of fruit donated by Asda were sent out to every ward and a pop-up salon was set up in the staff sport and social club.

Jane Brierley, beauty therapy lecturer Bolton College, said: “Our students have been really busy all day giving the nurses some well deserved pampering.

"It has been a really good opportunity for our students too to practise all of the different treatments.”

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1:40pm Tue 13 May 14

Donkey Stone says...

I have spent some time in the hospital recently and the hard working nurses deserve everything we can give them and more besides.
I have spent some time in the hospital recently and the hard working nurses deserve everything we can give them and more besides. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 10

2:59pm Tue 13 May 14

Best an says...

I have nursed for over 35 years and the care was brilliant . Then Margaret Thatcher changed it to a business so what happened? managers and clerical staff overtook nurses and medical staff. Then it was said we didn't need so many bedside staff but we needed more Matrons not as you might think to do what the old Matrons did, ie ensure that the care was given to high standards , Matrons and Sisters that were respected and staff that did a proper job because they were watched and the Sisters and Matrons made sure they did but now unfortunately there's nowhere near enough staff to ensure this care is given and Matrons spend all day in their offices. Say no more
I have nursed for over 35 years and the care was brilliant . Then Margaret Thatcher changed it to a business so what happened? managers and clerical staff overtook nurses and medical staff. Then it was said we didn't need so many bedside staff but we needed more Matrons not as you might think to do what the old Matrons did, ie ensure that the care was given to high standards , Matrons and Sisters that were respected and staff that did a proper job because they were watched and the Sisters and Matrons made sure they did but now unfortunately there's nowhere near enough staff to ensure this care is given and Matrons spend all day in their offices. Say no more Best an
  • Score: 7

11:22pm Tue 13 May 14

Blackrod says...

The nurses who were giving patient care couldnt attend...
The nurses who were giving patient care couldnt attend... Blackrod
  • Score: 2

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