Celebrating New Forest Nurses on International Nurses Day
Colten Care homes appreciate their nursing staff - in lockdown with social distancing
The care, commitment and hope that nurses bring to people every day was celebrated this week by everybody at family owned Colten Care, where all 21 homes in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex marked International Nurses’ Day with presentations of gifts and cakes to nursing staff while observing social distance restrictions.
International Nurses’ Day takes place each year on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the famous ‘Lady with the Lamp’ often cited as the founder of modern nursing.
This year’s commemoration marks the 200th anniversary of her birth and also coincides with International Year of the Nurse.
But the occasion has taken on even greater significance with the focus on nursing during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Elaine Farrer, Colten Care Operations Director and a registered nurse, said: “As we stand united in our response to this global threat, it’s more important than ever to highlight and appreciate the remarkable work nurses do every day.
“International Nurses Day gives all of us an opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary value that nursing brings to hospital patients, care home residents and others in the community.
“By providing the highest standards of professional nursing here at Colten Care, we help our residents to lead lives that are as full, and fulfilling, as possible.”
Elaine’s sentiments have been echoed by residents across all Colten Care homes. At Wellington Grange in Chichester, for example, Louis Fitzgerald, Nan Baines and Sylvia Thomas all spoke of their appreciation.
Sylvia said: “I feel that the nurses at Wellington Grange are dedicated, caring, understanding of my individual needs, and reassuring.”
One of the nursing team, Sajan Thotappillil, said in response: “I am very happy here and I feel very supported by Colten Care and all the staff who work at Wellington Grange. I enjoy the work environment and caring for the variety of personalities among our residents.”
At each home, nurses were presented with cakes baked specially for the occasion by Colten Care’s in-house chefs. They included an amazing creation by chef Hannah Clark at Court Lodge in Lymington.
Hannah, who last year won a Colten-wide cake-making competition, used decorative icing to add features such as a stethoscope, red-cross hat, plasters, bottles of pills and a syringe.
Nurses also received a personal card from their Home Managers along with pens and canvas carrier bags bearing the message ‘Proud to be a Nurse’.
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 most conditions associated with care of older people.
Elaine Farrer added: “We are committed to supporting and developing our nurses in many different ways. This is at the very heart of our approach to care. For example, we offer a Royal College of Nursing-accredited preceptorship for all new recruits who are recently qualified, returning to work, or new to the UK. We also work in partnership with Solent University where 15 of our care staff are currently studying for the new Trainee Nursing Associate qualification.
“Further in post, we enable our nurses to take on more leadership and complex clinical roles while putting great store on reflective learning, team conferences and best practice sharing.
“In a recent survey of our nurses, more than nine out of ten say they feel valued in their home team and have the variety and freedom to provide consistently good care, putting residents first.”
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With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care.
Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...
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