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Posted on the 16th May 2014

Nurses who work with older adults across Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust came together at Leyland’s Wellington Park Hotel to celebrate International Nurses Day and launch the Trust’s Older Adult Nurses Forum.

The forum provides an opportunity for nurses who specialise in this area of care to network and discuss any changes in their field, as well as providing support and celebrating and sharing good practice. Both nurses and student nurses from around the Trust attended the event which encouraged them to use their voices to make changes to drive improvements to care and to speak up and be heard!

During the event, nurses celebrated their role and reflected on what makes them proud to be a nurse. They also looked at how the forum can help shape the future of care for the benefit of their patients, as well as hearing from speakers from within the Trust who talked about their experiences of nursing and compassionate care.

Dee Roach, the Director of Nursing at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust gave an inspirational speech on the day, telling the room about her early nursing career and thanking those who provided excellent leadership and inspiration which motivated her to constantly improve her skills to be the best she could be. Dee said:

“I think it is important that we take time to recognise the work that goes on in all areas of nursing and the compassionate care that is provided by nurses across the Trust. International Nurses Day provided the perfect platform to kick start the new network which provides nurses with a united voice. I feel very strongly that we should empower all of our nurses to speak out and to have a louder, stronger and prouder voice.

“I know first-hand how important it is for nurses, at any stage of their career, to have good leadership and role models within their peer groups and the forum provides the perfect platform for them to share and learn from each other. I truly want nurses to be able to drive innovation and quality from the frontline and the forum will equip them with the knowledge and resources needed to do this and ensure they can do the best job they can.”

International Nurses Day is held on 12 May every year and is celebrated around the world. It provides an opportunity for patients, nursing staff and their colleagues to celebrate the remarkable care provided by nurses every day by going the extra mile and making a difference in people’s lives.