International Nurse Day 2021

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. 

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), known as “The Lady With the Lamp,” was a British nurse, social reformer and statistician best known as the founder of modern nursing. Her experiences as a nurse during the Crimean War were foundational in her views about sanitation. She established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses in 1860. Her efforts to reform healthcare greatly influenced the quality of care in the 19 and 20 centuries.

Nursing staff working through the pandemic have shattered the stereotypes of nursing. The world has seen first-hand the fundamental role nursing plays in patient safety. To celebrate Nurses Day 2021 we have collated biographies of our nursing staff at Aston Healthcare to celebrate the amazing work they do on a daily basis. 


I wanted to be a nurse from the age of 3yrs old and so as I approach my 64th birthday I am proud to say that is what I am.

I started training in Plymouth in 1975 in the last year of a pilot modular training scheme by the GNC which would later become Project 2000. It was 12 modules, each 12 weeks long with an exam at the end of each module that you had to pass and a day in the school of nursing a week. It was fun comparing my training with my best friend who was training in London. I did loads more than she did as she had to compete with so many medical students.

I qualified in 1978 and my specialities were in A & E and ITU until I became a practice nurse in Suffolk in 1989. It continued my love of treating all age groups and different problems and fitted in well with family life.

One of my highlights was being chosen as a First Responder at the 2012 London Olympics where I worked with a fabulous team in the basketball arena. It was a tremendous experience. More recently I am proud to have been part of the wonderful team in Kirkby delivering Covid-19 vaccines to the people of Knowsley.

I have had a wonderful career, worked with amazing colleagues, had fabulous patients and feel blessed every morning I get up to go to work that I am still able to do a job I love so much.

Jayne (Nurse Lead)

I qualified as a registered nurse in 2019 and working in general practice before my training, I knew that this nursing pathway was for me. Health promotion is something that I am passionate about, anything can can help improve our longterm health and primary care is where this can be focused.

I am an ambassador for a campaign to promote exercise and strong belief in that this can be achieved by keeping moving, dancing in the kitchen or karate class – all good!

It took me until I reached 30 to make a move back to studying and I’ve not stopped since! Education and knowledge is key for me, it opened up a new world and now led me to head back to university to study advanced practice to become and advanced nurse practitioner which will allow me to offer more care and support for our patients and community.


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