Nurses' Day 2010
Every day, nurses and their colleagues
dedicate their lives to helping others; striving to make a
difference to the wellbeing of those they care for.
Tribute to nurses past and present
Celebrated each year on 12 May – Florence Nightingale’s
birthday – Nurses’ Day is a tribute to her groundbreaking
work and an opportunity to remember the valuable
contribution succeeding generations of nurses have made to
Nursing has a proud history at St John Ambulance. The charity's
origins can be traced back to the Knights Hospitallers who provided
care for the poor, sick or injured in Jerusalem 900 years ago.
Vital members of St John Ambulance
Today registered nurses are vital members of
the St John Ambulance team. As champions of patient safety,
they are responsible for ensuring that the charity's excellent
clinical standards and high quality of service are maintained.
Working with other healthcare professionals and first aid members,
nurses ensure the charity’s immediate care services continue to
make the difference between a life lost and a life
Steve Hams, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for St John Ambulance
Nurses' Day gives us an opportunity to remember the life and work of Florence Nightingale a pioneer whose work has heavily influenced the nature of modern health care.
Deputy Chief Nursing Officer St John Ambulance, NHQ
'Nurses' Day gives us an opportunity to remember the life and
work of Florence Nightingale a pioneer whose work has heavily
influenced the nature of modern health care. St John
Ambulance in England and the Islands has over 1,000
registered nurse volunteers, they work as part of a
clinical team acting as champions for safety and
Quality of care
Quality is at the heart of everything St John Ambulance
does. Its registered nurses play a vital role in achieving
the quality of care that people and communities expect from St John
St John Ambulance know that quality must be seen from the
patients' perspective and has three distinct elements:
Nowhere is this more evident than in such initiatives as the
St John Ambulance Sussex Homeless
Service sessions in Brighton and
Hastings. Both projects are
nurse-led and offer a variety of services to homeless and rough
sleepers. These include basic medical and mental health care,
support and advocacy to local services, podiatry care, and health
The charity's nurses attend duties at all kinds of events across
the counties ranging from festivals, fetes, concerts and major
events such as the London Marathon.
St John Ambulance is proud to support and celebrate the valuable
contribution nurses make to the organisation.