Brunelcare celebrates International Nurses Day with a look at staff at Bristol care home

L – R Richard Flossman, Jocelyn Caballero, Eleazar Tapia

Brunelcare are joining in celebrating International Nurses Day today and have spoken to three Nurses who have a combined 40-years’ experience between them! The Nurses all work at Brunelcare’s Deerhurst Care Home in Speedwell, Bristol and have been explaining what the celebratory day means to them, how their day-to-day roles have changed since the outbreak of Covid-19 and how they’re making a difference every single day.


Richard Flossman, a Registered Nurse with four years’ experience in the Health Care sector, started his career at Brunelcare after qualifying as a Nurse. He has a passion for caring and looking after elderly people living with a dementia.


Richard said: “The best part of my job as a Registered Nurse is making a difference, not only to the residents in our care but to their families and friends too. It’s common knowledge that things in the sector have had to change considerably over the past few weeks, such as canceling all visitations and only allowing essential visits. As Nurses, we ensure the wellbeing of all of our residents, so were going above and beyond to ensure families stay connected. We do this by using either technology or calling family members with updates about their loved ones. To have a day dedicated to Nursing is just fantastic and really humbling!”


Eleazar Tapia, a Registered Nurse at Deerhurst Care Home has been with the charity since 2015 and has nearly two-decades experience in the nursing sector. He has a history of working with elderly people living a dementia in the Philippines and moved to the UK in 2006.  Eleazar, like the other Nurses at Deerhurst, provides a person centred approach to care, treating all residents with dignity and respect.


Eleazar said: “My favourite part of the job is spending good quality time with our residents and ensuring their well-being is the best it can be. It’s great that Nurses, like myself are finally getting the recognition we deserve. It’s only now, during the Coronavirus crisis that people seem to be recognising our contributions, even though it’s a little later than expected, it’s still great!


Jocelyn Caballero, a Deputy Manager and Registered Nurse working at Deerhurst has been with the charity since 2001. She started her Nursing career in Hospitals caring for acutely ill patients.


Jocelyn said: “I couldn’t be more proud to be a Nurse on International Nurses Day. It’s humbling the day is getting recognised! We have such a strong team of Nurses all across Brunelcare and I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone!”


Sandra Payne, Director of Nursing & Care Homes said: “It’s great that we can celebrate International Nurses Day at Brunelcare. We have over 60 Nurses working across the charity and it’s fantastic to see that the profession is finally getting the recognition it deserves. All of our Nurses are so passionate about what they do, have a wealth of experience and all work extremely hard to deliver top quality care for all our Residents and Tenants. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Brunelcare, our Nurses, our Carers and our support employees too, especially at these difficult times. Happy International Nurses Day


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