Nurses from around the world, working at The Royal Berkshire Hospital, are celebrating International Nurses’ Day today (12 May).
Nurses come from as far afield as Nepal, the Caribbean, Ghana, Eritrea, Lithuania and about 2.5% of the nurses workforce working at the hospital come from outside of the EU. The numbers of nurses working from Europe are not collected because EU legislation does not require data to be collected. However, over 50 European nurses have started at the Trust this year alone.
Celebrations at the Trust included mapping where people come from and why they came to work here. The team has made a video celebrating the diversity of the workforce which can be seen on You Tube https://youtu.be/OPjMcPrEGEA.
Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Jean O’Callaghan, trained as a nurse in New Zealand before moving into management. She said: “Last week we celebrated International Midwives’ Day and today is International Nurses’ Day. I am proud of my background as a nurse and I am equally proud of the nursing and midwifery colleagues we have across the Trust. The standards of nursing care given here is something to celebrate.
“The diversity of our nursing team is wonderful to see and I was pleased to add my pin for New Zealand.”
If you are interested in joining the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as a nurse or midwife, you can find out more at NHS Jobs.