This Nurses’ Day (12 May 2022), we’ll be celebrating the incredible work of our nurses across Lincolnshire and the difference you and your colleagues make to patients’ lives.
Despite working through challenging circumstances, nursing staff continue to go above and beyond to deliver highly skilled, safety-critical care to patients every single day.
We have put the spotlight on just some of our amazing nurses below by asking them, what they love about nursing.
"In my current role I am responsible for the Nursing and Quality Directorate, which is extremely fulfilling, particularly hearing of patients’ experiences of the services we provide and working with them to help improve the services we deliver across this huge rural county of Lincolnshire.
"Would I recommend nursing as a career? Yes, I definitely would, particularly if you are looking for something that is both rewarding and challenging at the same time. No two days have ever been that same and that is something that I have really enjoyed."
"My mother was a district nurse and I used to occasionally go out with her when she was visiting, and I think this made me want to follow in her footsteps. The way she interacted with patients and the kindness shown to them and how to make a difference to their lives was inspirational. I am hugely proud to work for the NHS and being part of the vaccination programme has given me such pride in helping people through the pandemic."
"From a young age I wanted to care for people as I am a naturally caring person, I had even considered missionary/humanitarian work before opting to become a nurse. I have had several roles within healthcare from theatre nursing, training to be a midwife and becoming a health visitor. I think the role is so rewarding and being able to help people, not only with their health but also their social needs, mean I am able to make a real difference."
"My experience of seeing people at end of life was the reason that I took up nursing. I have worked in many areas of the health system but have always gravitated to end of life care – the appreciation of patients and families during this difficult time makes the job totally rewarding and fulfilling. You don’t expect them to be grateful, but they are for helping their loved ones to die with dignity through excellent palliative care. I enjoy working in the Vaccination Centre as - in many aspects of healthcare - you only have one chance to get things right and that matters. "
"I took early retirement just before covid and having seen how my former colleagues were being affected through this time I felt I needed to offer some help. Hence when the vaccination programme started, I was pleased to be able to be a part of this and to work with an amazing group of people. I also enjoy working with the members of the public who have taken the time to have their vaccination and thereby contributing to limiting the effects of Covid. "
"My name is Dorothy, and I started my nurse training just before my 18th birthday. Over the course of my career, I have held several different positions and retired in 2019. I then came out of retirement in 2021 to assist in the Covid pandemic and can honestly say I’m so pleased I did, I thoroughly enjoy working with the team at PRSA and feel I’m involved in a worthwhile response."
"I have always wanted to be a nurse as I come from a medical family and have seen how rewarding the career can be. I wanted a career that is challenging, interesting and makes a difference to people’s lives. I have worked in the vaccination service since the start of the pandemic and I can honestly say no two days are the same. I think it is amazing how we have evolved the service and now we see people of all ages coming in. The job is so rewarding and I am inspired by the numbers of people we are able to interact with."
"Having the opportunity to touch people's lives and make a difference is the best feeling as a nurse"
"To work with so many great people on a day to day basis is just brilliant"
"I love being a nurse, its given me a wealth of opportunities and allowed me to explore my interests whilst giving me the chance to make a positive impact"
"One of the reasons I love being a nurse is that I meet such a variety of people."
"I cannot imagine any other career where you can make such a personal impact on a patient, this can be done with a simple smile or something significant like helping to save a life."
"I really enjoy being involved in people's lives and providing fantastic holistic care."
"To be involved in key events in people's lives and to be able to help them is a real privilege"
"It's a privilege to do something really important and if we save lives I feel as though we have done a great job"
"I get immense job satisfaction working with a team and working with the general public"
"The variety and complexity of the work is what keeps me motivated. I have loved every moment of my career as a nurse"
"You always work with a nice team and members of the public"