Four former nurses living in Field View Care Home, Blackhall Colliery, were honoured for their service to the field of Nursing with a presentation organised by the home to commemorate International Nurses Day.
Residents Margaret Golightly, Mary Jamieson, Joyce Young and Evelyn Smith were surprised and delighted when Janice Hardy, the Activities Coordinator at Field View, announced the special presentation in recognition of their hard work and service to the field.
Durham County Councillors Rob Crute and Lynn Pounder, who represent the Blackhalls division, visited the home to chat with residents and staff and present the four ladies with a bouquet of flowers.
Staff and residents applauded as the ladies were presented with flowers and listened as the ladies recanted stories from their career.
Margaret Golightly, 83, started her nurse training later in life at age 36 before working as a State Enrolled Nurse (SEN) at Hartlepool hospital for 23 years.
Mary Jamieson, who turns 88 later this month, worked as a State Registered Nurse (SRN) at Sunderland Royal Hospital before going on to become a tutor to train nurses. She became a nurse in 1946 and retired age 60 in 1988 after 42 years of service.
After the presentation Ms Jamieson showed residents and the Councillors a photo taken of her and a group of her student nurses on the day of her retirement.
Joyce Young, 94, worked as a nurse in Lady Eden Hospital in Bishop Auckland and was a nurse during the Second World War. After the war ended she continued nursing for several more years at Stockton General Hospital.
Evelyn Smith, 89, worked as a Mental Health Nurse for 10 years at York County Hospital before retiring from the profession when she got married.
Nurses around the world celebrate International Nurses’ Day every year on 12th May, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
The home has also been giving gifts to their visiting District nurses this week in honour of the annual celebration of nurses. District nurses play a crucial role in the primary healthcare team, visiting people in their own homes or in residential care homes to provide complex care for patients and support for family members.
Michelle Howarth, Home Manager at Field View, Said: “We’re delighted to honour these wonderful ladies in thanks for all their years of caring and their contribution to society.”
“We feel it’s important that we commemorate International Nurses Day to show our appreciation of nurses for all their hard work, commitment and dedication.”