Exhibitions will celebrate 100 years of nursing

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Nurses young and old will be paying tribute to 100 years of nursing in East Lancashire with a series of exhibitions to celebrate International Nurses Day on Friday.

International Nurses Day exhibitions will be on display in hospital and health centres throughout the district including the reception at the Clitheroe Community Hospital.

Among the exhibits on display will be nurses’ uniforms from the different eras and historical nursing memorabilia including equipment, a walk-through history and photographs celebrating local nursing through the decades.

Chief nurse for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Christine Pearson said: “As we celebrate the nurses of today on International Nurses Day, there is a lot we can learn from the past and, due to the wealth of artefacts available from local nurses, we are putting them on display to tell the fascinating story of nursing in East Lancashire.”

International Nurses Day will also be a day of fun with a tombola, “Name that Nurse” competition and a celebration cake for each of the wards and community nursing offices operated by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

“May 12th is an important date to all nurses, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who is widely considered the founder of modern nursing,” said organiser and nurse, Jenny Trant.

“For the public and all nursing staff, there will be gift trees in the foyers and main entrances of our five hospitals so that patients and relatives can leave personal messages of thanks to the nurses.”