Matron Becomes “Lady With The Lamp” For International Nurses’ Day

12th May 2009

Senior nursing team at Spire Bristol Hospital mark Florence Nightingale’s birthday

Matron and her senior nursing colleagues at Spire Bristol Hospital, The Glen, are stepping back in time today to celebrate International Nurses’ Day.

Every year on May 12 nurses around the world take part in events to mark the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the pioneering Victorian considered to be the founder of modern nursing.

This year senior nurses at Spire Bristol Hospital, the South West’s largest independent hospital, are marking the occasion by coming in to work in various costumes to reflect nursing through the ages, including Victorian clothing out of respect for the iconic “Lady with the Lamp”.

Matron Louise Daniel said Florence Nightingale’s then groundbreaking approach to hygiene and cleanliness remained an inspiration to the modern nursing profession.

“The idea behind the day is to raise awareness about the valuable contribution nurses make to society,” she said.

“Clearly nursing and healthcare has come a long way since the Victorian era and Florence Nightingale’s day, but in many ways she set the standards for a more modern approach to nursing, including strict rules about hygiene and cleanliness, and her contribution to the profession can still be felt now, almost 200 years since her birth.”

Matron Louise Daniel said she and her fellow senior nursing staff will also use the event as a “back to the floor” exercise by spending the day escorting patients in and out of theatre and to and from the hospital building while dressed in their costumes.

“We hope to get a really good response from patients and help raise awareness about nursing in a fun and interesting way,” added Louise Daniel.


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