NHS England - North West Honors Long-Serving Nurses on International Nurses' Day 2024

NHS England - North West honors long-serving nurses Jean Cummings, Christine Verity, and Janet Robson for their exceptional service and commitment. The three nurses have collectively dedicated hundreds of years to health and social care in the region.

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NHS England - North West Honors Long-Serving Nurses on International Nurses' Day 2024

NHS England - North West Honors Long-Serving Nurses on International Nurses' Day 2024

To mark International Nurses' Day on Sunday, May 12, 2024, NHS England - North West is honoring long-serving nurses who have collectively dedicated hundreds of years to health and social care in the region. Jean Cummings, Christine Verity, and Janet Robson are among the nurses being recognized for their exceptional service and commitment.

Why this matters: The recognition of these long-serving nurses highlights the importance of dedicated healthcare professionals in the NHS, which is crucial for maintaining the quality of healthcare services in the region. It also underscores the need to appreciate and retain experienced nursing staff, who are essential in providing compassionate care to communities.

Jean Cummings, a Clinical Research Nurse with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, celebrated 60 years working for the NHS earlier this year. She started as a cadet nurse in 1964 at Bolton General Hospital and has held various roles, including Sister in Neurosurgery and A&E in Salford. Reflecting on her inspiration to join the NHS, Jean said, "A lot of my family lived locally to Bolton, it was all about being part of the local community and serving them. Throughout my career, it has been a privilege to be a part of people's lives, to help make a difference."

Christine Verity, a health visitor with Northern Care Alliance, marked her 50 years with the NHS last year. She underwent training as a nurse and spent several years in Lincolnshire and Blackburn before becoming a health visitor. Christine has also volunteered to develop a medical centre at a village school in Gambia. Her exceptional care earned her the Edith Cavell Award, a national award given to nurses, midwives, and healthcare assistants.

Janet Robson, quality and performance lead for District Nurses at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, also celebrated 50 years in the NHS last year. She started her nursing career in 1973 as a cadet nurse at Booth Hall Children's Hospital in Manchester. After a brief break in the early 1980s, Janet rejoined nursing in 1986. Her dedication to care in the community has been recognized with several awards, including the Queen's Nurse award.

Jackie Hanson, regional chief nurse at NHS England North West, expressed her pride in the nursing workforce, stating,"I am incredibly proud to be part of the nursing workforce. International Nurses' Day is always a special day for nurses and an opportunity to celebrate the incredible dedication and commitment of our amazing nursing staff who go above and beyond to deliver excellent and selfless care."

The long-serving nurses being honored, Jean Cummings, Christine Verity, and Janet Robson, have collectively dedicated hundreds of years to health and social care in the North West region. Their unwavering commitment and exceptional service are being celebrated on International Nurses' Day 2024, highlighting the vital role nurses play in delivering compassionate care to communities across the region.