The hard work and dedication of Rotherham’s nurses and midwives has been celebrated as part of two international awareness days.
International Day of the Midwife (5 May) and International Nurses’ Day (12 May) both serve to pay tribute to those who work tirelessly to provide high quality, safe and effective care to their patients.
Over the last week nurses and midwives from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust have been sharing why they are proud to work in their profession on the organisation’s official Twitter and Facebook profiles.
Ellie Monkhouse, Acting Chief Nurse at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said: “We have an amazing group of nurses and midwives who are incredibly dedicated to providing the people of Rotherham with the quality care they need and deserve.
“Over the past week we have been able to celebrate our nursing history, as well as highlight some of the amazing work we are doing to progress the nursing profession going forward.”
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is currently involved in an innovative programme which is set to help transform the nursing and care workforce. A group of 24 Nurse Associates will be trained on the Trainee Nurse Associate Course at the University of Sheffield, in partnership with the Trust, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley GP Federation and Villa Care, Leeds.
Once trained, the new Nurse Associates will play a crucial role in filling a gap in skills between current health care assistants and registered nurses.
Ellie also commented: “I’m really proud of our Trust for being part of this scheme. It’s really important that we embrace our colleagues’ willingness to learn new skills and I am certain that this new nursing role will bring great benefits for our patients.
“We’re really excited have trainee nurse associates at our Trust and I know that all our colleagues will look out for them and support them along their journey and whilst they undertake placements across a number of specialities. I would like to wish all the trainees the very best of luck.”
The first Nurse Associates will finish their studies and qualify 2019, after which they will be able to work in local health and social care organisations.