International Nurses Day was the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to our 170-strong nursing team with cards, cakes, gifts and poetry.
It was also a chance for some of the 47 former nurses now resident with us to reflect on their careers.
One of these, Tina Thorne, who lives at The Aldbury in Poole, spoke with nurse Catherine Moyse.
Tina said: “I trained many years ago, and Catherine only recently, but we are so similar in that we wouldn’t want to have been anything else. All the nurses here are wonderful and I for one feel cherished by them.”
Catherine said: “I decided to train to be a nurse after being a carer here at The Aldbury and returned in my new nursing role five months ago.
“Like Tina, I care passionately about people and want to make a real difference to their health and wellbeing.
“We get to know each other inside and out, and are friends, as well as nurses. And I love to share stories with Tina about my relatively new experiences in nursing and the many years she spent as a nurse in Bournemouth.”
Jeanette Hendon of Kingfishers in New Milton is our longest serving nurse, starting with us 28 years ago.She said: “I qualified in 1984 and worked for a short time for the NHS, but I found that nursing in a care home provides the opportunity to really get to know the people you are caring for.
“I love talking with our residents who were nurses and sharing their memories and they with me. I like to joke that you can always spot a nurse, as they are very particular!
The last couple of years nursing under Covid have been difficult, but they have shown me even more why I love the job and why I enjoy working for Colten with its fabulously caring and supportive team of people.
It’s a fascinating and quite wonderful career and I wouldn’t change being a nurse for the world.”
A poem paying tribute to nurses, written by Lorraine Bell, Home Manager at Linden House in Lymington, was displayed in all our homes on Nurses Day.
Elaine Farrer, our Chief Operating Officer and a registered nurse herself, said: “Nurses are the backbone of our homes. It makes us incredibly proud that all our homes provide nursing care through a team formed of such deeply caring professionals of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.”