12 May 2021

International nurses day 2021

Today we celebrate International nurses day (12 May 2021).

  • We have 3,603 nurses working at UHS (that’s 30% of the workforce!)
  • They’ve come from over 50 different countries
  • They’ve worked over 5 million hours over the past year and walked 4 miles per shift.
  • In six months, our nurses have collectively walked over 690,000 miles. That’s enough to walk to the moon and back!
Thank you

Over the week, Southampton Hospitals Charity have prepared 4,600 packs for the nursing teams including handcream, chocolates, biscuits and a Charity pin badge.

Gail Byrne, Chief Nursing Officer, says:

Those tokens mean a lot. You can’t underestimate how much those gestures mean to our hardworking staff. It’s often the little things that go a long way.”

What does nursing mean to you…

“Nursing is so diverse it is about having enough strength, drive and determination to deal with the most stressful and traumatic of situations.

On the flip side it is about being gentle, soft and compassionate towards those in our care.” – Staff nurse

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to Showcase Music School for raising vital funds to support our staff and patients at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Southampton Children’s Hospital. Our supporters never cease to amaze us with their generosity, and we’re so proud to have a community who stands shoulder to shoulder with us.

Music can have a profound effect on wellbeing, and I’m sure this rendition of ‘Perfect’ is going to be incredibly meaningful to our colleagues who continue to work tirelessly to keep us safe.” – Beth Hall, Head of Fundraising and Joint Director.

Discover more about the Showcase Music School’s celebration here.

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