‘Thank you, nurses, for your hard work, kindness and commitment’. That was the clear message as all 20 care homes run by family-owned Colten Care celebrated International Nurses Day 2018 (Saturday May 12).
Homemade cakes were placed in staff rooms for each member of the nursing team to share, while individual greeting cards were given out by managers.
On behalf of the nurses at Colten’s Newstone House in Sturminster Newton, senior nurse Melody Bonifacio was presented with a cake and a special card by residents Catherine Matthews and Frank Reed.
Frank said: “Melody, like all our nurses here, is a real ray of sunshine.
“Our nurses’ care and attention is endless and it’s nice to make a fuss of them for once.”
Nurses at fellow Colten Care home Abbey View in Sherborne enjoyed similar praise and treats.
Elaine Farrer, Colten Care’s Operations Director, said: “Cakes and cards are just small expressions of thanks but we want all our nurses to know that we and our residents value the work they do every single day.
“Nurses are amazing people and Nurses Day is an ideal chance to recognise them for their hard work, passion and commitment.”
International Nurses Day is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the famous ‘Lady with the Lamp’.
Born in 1820, she is often cited as the founder of modern nursing.
While some other care operators have moved away from employing qualified nurses, Colten Care employs a total of 176 nurses -Colten Care employs RGNs (registered general nurses) and, at its dementia care homes, RMNs (registered mental nurses).
They provide dedicated, round-the-clock clinical support to help with conditions associated with care of the older person.
In partnership with the charity Dementia UK, Colten Care has also appointed dementia care expert Kay Gibson as its first Admiral Nurse.
Kay helps both residents’ families and those living with dementia in the wider communities served by the company’s homes.