It starts with you, Nursing

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.

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