‘Thank you, nurses, for your hard work, passion and commitment’. That was the clear message as all 19 care homes run by family-owned Colten Care celebrated Nurses Day.
Homemade cakes were placed in staff rooms for each member of the nursing team to share while individual greeting cards were given out by managers.
On behalf of the nurses at Amberwood House in Ferndown, Dorset, the home’s Head of Care Jules Harfitt was presented with a cake by chefs Lorna Parsons and Annabell Bryer.
Elaine Farrer, Colten Care’s Director of Operations, said: “Cakes and cards are just small expressions of thanks but we want all our nurses to know that we and our residents value the work they do every single day.
“Nurses are amazing people and Nurses Day is an ideal chance to recognise them for their hard work, passion and commitment.”
Nurses Day is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the famous ‘Lady with the Lamp’. Born in 1820, she is often cited as the founder of modern nursing.
To further highlight the annual commemoration, Amberwood House Activity Organiser Jan Burns and volunteer Moira McTaggart spoke to residents about some of the changes in nursing since Nightingale’s time. Jan even dressed up in a 19th century-style nurse’s uniform.
Colten Care employs RGNs (registered general nurses) and, at its dementia care homes, RMNs (registered mental nurses).
They provide dedicated, round-the-clock clinical support to help with conditions associated with care of the older person.
Elaine Farrer added: “Our guiding principle in everything we do is to attend to the individual needs of our residents and ensure they feel well looked after and at home. By providing the highest standards of nursing care, we help our residents to lead as full, and fulfilling, a life as possible.”
On behalf of each nurse it employs, Colten Care pays the annual registration fee required by the nursing regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council.