Nurses at a busy southern acute trust have pledged to treat every patient like a member of their own family as part of an initiative celebrating international nurses day.
Portsmouth Hospitals Trust marked Florence Nightingale’s birthday by launching its Nursing and Midwifery Framework for 2011, which recognises the contribution nurses and midwives make to patient care.
Nurses and midwives from across the trust, including the MIlitary Defence Hospital Unit, have signed up to the framework pledging to wear their uniform with pride and manned a stand in the main entrance of the hospital to share with patients and visitors what nursing is about.
Julie Dawes, director of nursing, said: “It is always a great pleasure to celebrate International Nurses Day and pay tribute to the hard work, effort and the dedication that our nurses show every day, to ensure the very best care for our patients.
“I would also like to commend our military nursing staff who are an integral part of our team and offer the trust great support and specialist expertise.”
She added: “Nursing is not without its challenges. We continue to develop our services and improve the way we work to improve our quality of care to benefit the people we treat and so I am pleased that we are launching the Nursing and Midwifery Framework on International Nurses Day to help us meet our vision for excellence in nursing.”