Staff at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London are to have the chance to be known as a “Nightingale Nurse” under a new professional awards scheme being launched by the organisation today.
The new title, which is in honour of pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale who established her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1859, will be given to the trust’s “most outstanding” staff.
“I want this trust to be known for developing some of the best nurses and midwives in the country”
Around 100 nurses will enrol in the scheme from September, which will see them take part in degree-level work-based training, aimed at helping them to begin or complete a master’s programme.
Once they have completed the work-based training, which will be funded by the trust, they will be given the new “Nightingale Nurse” title.
The first Nightingale Nurse Awards are expected to be given to staff in March 2018.
The scheme was announced to coincide with International Nurses’ Day on 12 May. It is part of a new nursing and midwifery strategy being launched by the trust, which aims to have a waiting list of staff who want to work at the organisation by 2020.
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As part of the strategy, the trust said all of its nurses and midwives will be known as the “next generation Nightingales”.
Dame Eileen Sills, chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust, said: “Our nurses and midwives strive to provide the best possible care to our patients 24/7.
“In recognition of their contribution to our trust, and the need to bring absolute pride back into the profession we have launched ‘next generation Nightingales’,” she said.
“I want this trust to be known for developing some of the best nurses and midwives in the country. In the past the Nightingale Nurse has had a national and international reputation – we want to bring this back,” she added.