Celebrating all our nurses on International Nurses’ Day
International Nurses’ Day is celebrated around the world every 12 May, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.
The nurses in Metlifecare’s retirement villages are specialists in the field of elder care and we salute all our nurses during the global celebration of International Nurses’ Day and thank them for their dedication and for making a real difference to our residents’ lives, every day.
Tanya Bish, Metlifecare’s Clinical Nurse Director shares her thoughts on nursing with elders as all nurses around the world are celebrated on Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
“I want to acknowledge my colleagues on International Nurses’ Day for as far as I can tell we are all in it for the same reason – we want to make a difference. Nursing is an amazing profession that allows us to do just that in so many ways. It may be as simple as taking the time to listen or provide comfort or as complex as managing multiple co-morbidities and reducing polypharmacy to ensure quality of life is not diminished by the very things that are supposed to be sustaining it.
I constantly see our nurses displaying the values that are at the core of Metlifecare. Working with passion, working as a team, being respectful of our elders and peers and demonstrating integrity. I learnt a long time ago that people choose to work in this industry because they care about people – it’s not just a job it’s a passion. The happiness of people is truly at the heart of what we do and why we do it.
‘Geriatrics’ is now seen as a specialty area – it’s no longer the poor relation. It’s an exciting and complex area of nursing and those who come into it seldom turn back. The part that seems to amaze people is how rewarding developing longer term relationships with older adults can be. I think people find it a pleasant surprise because we have been indoctrinated in a ‘youth society’ where beauty and physicality are revered but actually, I’ve come to value other things in life that are more in keeping with the things you experience when you work with older people. Nurses working in this field develop such strong bonds because of this shared experience.
My favourite Florence Nightingale quote is “Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.” To me, this embodies nursing – constantly striving to make things better than they already are: the service we deliver every day to meet, and where we can, exceed our residents’ expectations.
When I speak to residents they often say moving to a village is the best decision they’ve ever made – they like the security, the social aspects, the amenities, the people and the care.
So thank you all, you touch the lives and hearts of many and for that you will always be valued”.
Clinical Nurse Director, Metlifecare