Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View, has celebrated Nurses’ Day 2014 with constituent and outstanding nurse Sarah Lewis at a reception held in Parliament.
Sarah Lewis, a Pain Management Nurse at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court, won both the Nursing Standard Defence Nursing Award 2014 and the overall Nurse of the Year 2014 Award.
Hosted by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the Nurses’ Day reception in Parliament was an opportunity for nurses who have led the way in their clinical area and made an exceptional contribution to the nursing profession to share their stories and experiences with MPs, Peers, and representatives from other leading health care organisations.
Nurses’ Day is held on 12 May each year, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, and is an international day of appreciation for the difference that nurses make to the lives of those they care for. Nurses and their patients up and down the country have been celebrating and reflecting on the invaluable contribution of nursing staff to health care.
Alison Seabeck MP, said: “Most of my immediate family either nursed or are currently nursing and so I am very aware of the essential role nurses play in delivering high quality health care, so I was very pleased to support Nurses’ Day 2014. Nurses like Sarah Lewis dedicate their working lives to caring for people and so it was fantastic to meet her and chat about the work she does with injured service personnel. You could not meet a more modest person and I could see why she won the award.”
Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the RCN, said: “Nurses’ Day has been an opportunity to applaud the great work that nurses up and down the country do every day. From the moment a new life begins, to saying goodbye to a loved one, and all the stages in between, nurses make a remarkable contribution to the lives of so many people and it’s only right for us to come together and celebrate their achievements.”