International Nurses Day: Harriet’s Story
International Nurses Day is celebrated annually around the world on 12 May – the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale – and is led by the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
In light of this, we spoke to Harriet Lennon – Learning and Development Specialist – Nursing.
Why did you become a Nurse?
My main source of inspiration to become a nurse came from my mum who has had a lifelong career in nursing. As a child I can remember feeling immensely proud of her and often found myself bragging in the school playground about her profession. I myself have an innate desire to help people and care for them in times of need and I couldn’t see myself doing anything other than following in my mum’s footsteps.
What has been your most rewarding aspect of your profession?
The most rewarding thing about being a nurse is having the privilege of helping others when they are the most vulnerable. There is nothing better than attending a birth, holding the hand of someone who is dying, or helping someone achieve a better life through improving their health. It is a legacy that will live on long after you are gone. As a Learning and Development Specialist there is nothing more rewarding than seeing our clinical apprentices flourish and I feel extremely proud of the clinical apprenticeship offering at Nuffield Health.
What do you say to people who want to become a Nurse?
- Remember you will always be learning, learning in Nursing if lifelong.
- Don’t be afraid to speak up. Whether it is because you don’t know something, see something that makes you uncomfortable or think something that can be improved.
- Learn how to be the best when others are at their worst.
- Know that there will be highs and lows, be gentle and patient with yourself and colleagues.
- Have a sense of humour
What does International Nurses Day mean for you?
International Nurses Day is a chance to think about and thank all the Nurses, Nurse Associates, Healthcare Support Workers and Students for all they’re hard work and dedication.