Our Specialist Nurse Chris has a few words to say on behalf of our team, to celebrate nurses on International Nurses Day:
On May 12th, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, International Nurses day will be celebrated around the world. It's an opportunity for nurses to feel proud about their work and dedication and for those outside of nursing to say thank you. At Pancreatic Cancer UK we too want to celebrate nurses and nursing, particularly the clinical nurse specialists involved in the hepato-pancreato-biliary field.
Nurse specialists provide expertise in their chosen field and guide the patient through their journey with the disease, liaising with other health care professionals, carers and family. They can be a source of education and training for less experienced, more junior staff and help develop students of nursing as well as informing and updating other health care professionals. They’re also there to provide support and guidance to families, friends and carers but above all else they are the key worker for the patient, becoming an oracle, advocate and friend. Nurses, no matter what level, also have the ability and opportunity to help influence policy and practice throughout healthcare, with the aim of improving patient experience.
To celebrate these shining stars Pancreatic Cancer UK annually awards a nurse who shows such potential or merit. One great example is our 2014 winner Lynne McCallum, a hepato-pancreato-biliary and neuroendocrine tumour nurse working at the Christies NHS Foundation Trust. Lynne was nominated by a colleague and, in recognition of her work, was awarded the title. She was described as being "diligent, committed and engaged in education and research in the pursuit of excellence in clinical care". As well reaching her academic potential she was also focused on the importance of being patient-centred and was passionate about her practice.
Lynne is just one of the many excellent examples of nurses working around the world striving towards better patient outcomes and providing first class care. Whether it's nurses, nurse specialists, nurse practitioners or consultants and whether those working in a community, in-patient or day-care setting, at the heart of it all is the ethos of care and compassion.