SCHOOLS:

Laois schoolkids tell nurses what they think of them

Lynda Kiernan

Reporter:

Lynda Kiernan

Ethan Laverty 6th, Ellie Laverty 3rd, nurse Siobhan Conroy, Sandra McCarthy Director of Nursing MRHP, nurse Catherine Healy, Eoin Holland 4th, and Orlaith Brophy 5th class, Cullahill NS.

Ethan Laverty 6th, Ellie Laverty 3rd, nurse Siobhan Conroy, Sandra McCarthy Director of Nursing MRHP, nurse Catherine Healy, Eoin Holland 4th, and Orlaith Brophy 5th class, Cullahill NS.

Kind, caring, amazing, these are the words that children of a Laois primary school used to describe what a nurse means to them.

Children in Cullohill National School were asked what a nurse means to them ahead of International Nurses Day 2019 and they produced colourful artwork with words including ‘amazing, helpful, caring, kind, hard-working and loving’. 

Nurses and Health Care Assistants in the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise celebrated the day with an art display of the work of the Children of Cullohill School. In addition, local parish priest Fr Paddy Byrne hosted a blessings of the hands for all staff. Director of Nursing Sandra McCarthy provided all the nurses on duty with a celebratory gift bag filled with symbolic gifts.

A pen showed that communication is essential. A bobble to help them 'keep it together', a Kit Kat because taking a break is important, a pack of tissues because some days are hard and lastly a pack of love hearts to give them courage.

Sandra McCarthy is Director of Nursing at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise.

“We very much appreciate and value our nurses and HCAs in Portlaoise Hospital. Today is about celebrating our profession, the long history of nursing and acknowledging the courage, strength, kindness and high levels of care our nurses and HCA’s provide to our patients every day.  I am so happy to share this day and our profession with the children of Cullohill National School. The lovely art and messaging demonstrate the many important values that we as a caring profession regard as the fundamentals for nursing.

 

Ellie Laverty 3rd class Cullohill NS presents flowers to Sandra McCarty, Director of Nursing Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise, Siobhan Conroy Staff Nurse Surgical and Catherine Healy Staff Nurse Medical.

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