The Royal College of Nursing visited ‘hard-working’ nurses on Christmas Day at two London hospitals.
The Royal College of Nursing outgoing President Dr Cecilia Akrisie Anim CBE alongside incoming President Prof Anne Marie Rafferty CBE FRCN visited hard-working nursing staff at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Kings College Hospital on Christmas Day.
During the visit, they met with staff working on oncology, intensive care, cardiothoracic, interventional cardiology and a multitude of other ward areas.
Dr. Anim has visited NHS nurses who make sure patients are looked after over the Christmas period throughout her tenure as RCN President.
Dr Cecilia Akrisie Anim, outgoing college president, said: “In my career as a nurse, I’ve often worked Christmas Day – a day when it seems the country comes to a standstill. While many people are enjoying the company of friends and family and a well-earned break, that doesn’t mean people will stop being ill, and many still need the excellent care nursing staff can provide.
“I want to thank all our members who have given up some or all of the Christmas period to look after people. Despite the increasing pressure nursing staff are placed under by widespread nursing vacancies, one thing that’s clear this Christmas is that the nation can’t thank nurses enough.”
Prof Anne Marie Rafferty, president-elect, said: “Patients can be confident that if they fall ill this Christmas and New Year, they will be in the most talented and capable hands. What struck me in talking with staff was the awe inspiring scope and depth of their knowledge and expertise as well as the multicultural composition of the clinical team. Our NHS is staffed by nurses from all nations.
“It was humbling to see those talents coming together for the greater good of the British public and witness the appreciation from patients and their families in action at this special time. I want to thank nurses for their outstanding commitment, expertise, hard work and good humour this Christmas and look forward to representing them in the new year.”
RCN President-elect Prof Anne Marie Rafferty will assume office on 1st January.