Care homes pay tribute to ‘priceless’ nurses on National International Nurses Day
Colten Care nurses joined with some of the 47 former nurses now resident in their homes to celebrate National International Nurses Day 2022.
Nurses across Colten Care’s 21 homes were presented with cards, specially-made cakes and gifts made by residents, to thank them for their ceaseless dedication and care.
A poem paying tribute to nurses, written by Lorraine Bell, home manager at the Outstanding rated dedicated dementia care home Linden House in Lymington, was also proudly displayed in all of the homes.
At Colten’s dedicated dementia home in Poole, The Aldbury, the companionship team made special gifts with the residents for their nurses, such as bookmarks and chocolates and nurse Catherine Moyse and resident and former nurse Tina Thorne discussed their love for the profession.
Catherine said: “I decided to train to be a nurse after being a carer here at The Aldbury and returned in my new nursing role five months ago.
“Like Tina, I care passionately about people and want to make a real difference to their health and wellbeing.
“It’s lovely to be shown so much appreciation on International Nurses Day. We get to know each other inside and out and are friends, as well as nurses. And I love to share stories with Tina about my relatively new experiences in nursing and the time she spent as a nurse in Bournemouth.”
Tina agreed: “I trained many years ago, and Catherine only recently, but we are so similar in that we wouldn’t want to have been anything else. All the nurses here are wonderful and I for one feel cherished by them.”
The Aldbury’s Companionship Team Leader, Sue Miles, said: “Our nurses are simply priceless and the care they give to our residents is second to none. Making gifts for them and sharing a fabulous cake made by our chef has been a perfect way to show them how much they are appreciated.”
Jeanette Hendon of Colten’s Kingfishers in New Milton, is Colten Care’s longest serving nurse, having joined the company almost 30 years ago on July 24, 1994. During that time, she has managed its Whitecliffe House in Blandford and been both deputy manager and manager of its Amberwood House in Ferndown. However, 10 years ago, she decided to return to what she loves most:
“I very much enjoyed being a home manager, but eventually I missed being with residents day to day - the close contact, talking to them, making them comfy and reassuring them. So, I returned to nursing and haven’t looked back,” said Jeanette.
Jeanette qualified as a nurse in Bristol in 1984 and said she went into the profession because she enjoyed being with people and wanted to care for them.
She said: “I worked for a short time for the NHS, but I found that nursing in a care home provides the opportunity to really get to know the people you are caring for.
“We have many former nurses in our homes – and two here at Kingfishers. I like to joke that you can always spot a nurse, as they are very particular!
“I love talking with our residents who were nurses and sharing their memories - and they with me. They also enjoy spending time with our student nurses, describing the ways in which they worked and showing them photographs of themselves in their uniforms.”
She added: “The last couple of years nursing under Covid have been challenging, but they have shown me even more why I love the job and why I enjoy working for Colten with its fabulously caring and supportive team of people.
“It’s a fascinating and quite wonderful career and I wouldn’t change being a nurse for the world.”
Elaine Farrer, Colten Care’s Operations Director and a registered nurse herself, said: “Nurses are the backbone of our homes. They provide emotional and physical care of our residents whether for a few days, weeks, months or years and it makes us incredibly proud that all our homes provide nursing care through a team formed of such deeply caring professionals of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.
“We are also very proud that we have so many residents who were nurses in their active professional lives – 47 to be precise!
“Seeing them reminisce and share stories and experiences with our nursing colleagues is something to be treasured.”
Kingfishers, Amberwood House and Linden House are all rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. Altogether, seven of Colten’s 21 homes are rated Outstanding.