Special day in honour of nurses

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HOSPITAL and surgery staff across Scarborough were recognised for their hard work thanks to International Nurses Day.

The Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust marked the day with an exhibition.

The event highlighted recent achievements in nursing and midwifery, and was on display at Scarborough Hospital.

Nicki McNaney, director of Nursing at the trust, said: “Our nurses and midwives work extremely hard to provide outstanding care for our patients, mothers and their babies.

“Celebrating International Nurses Day gives us the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the achievements of nurses and midwives in improving their safety and quality of care for our patients and their families during the last 12 months.”

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on May 12.

The date coincides with the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, and is aimed at highlighting the amazing work of the nursing profession throughout history and modern times.

The International Council of Nurses commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses’ Day Kit.

Each year International Nurses Day is given a theme. The theme for 2011 was Closing the Gap: Increasing Access and Equity, which the kits were based on.