The Portland Ward at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust found a unique way of celebrating the life and work of Florence Nightingale on the anniversary of her birth on 12 May 2014.
The ward had displays of the life and works of Florence Nightingale throughout the department and also the staff reverted back to wearing hats, now no longer seen in NHS hospitals. There were also replicas of the lamp throughout the ward.
The staff met for a celebratory lunch and Matron Walker, who is also a Honourary Vice President of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, read the Florence Nightingale pledge. All the staff, including the new Director of Nursing, Tracey Nutter, reaffirmed their pledge to care.
It was a wonderful day and a unique opportuinity to celebrate nursing. As you can see from the selection of photographs including Matron Walker reading the pledge, together with Sister Hunt and the Portland team.
This was also a unique opportunity for the nurses to walk around the ward with the lamp, as Florence Nightingale would have at done at Scutari during the Crimean War. The work of the Florence Nightingale Foundation was also on display for all to see.
The event was so successful it was decided to organise a much larger event within the Trust in 2015.
Geoffrey H Walker OBE MA RGN PgDip DipEd FAETC
British Journal of Nursing UK Nurse of the Year 2013
Matron for Cardiology, Medicine, Specialist Medicine and Specialist Nursing Services
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust