Welsh nurse of the year – a humbling and positive look at the NHS at last

This week I attended an event which was like a breath of fresh air.

In the midst of a seemingly never-ending barrage of bad news stories about the Welsh NHS, some of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met gathered under one roof to celebrate the unswerving dedication of nurses.

Stories of incredible achievement, undying compassion and normal people going over and above the call of duty to keep the Welsh NHS afloat dominated the evening.

If any evidence was needed that nursing is still a caring profession Thursday night’s Royal College of Nursing (Wales) award ceremony, granted it in bucket loads.

To be honest it was stunning, and a welcome break from the never ending scandals and problems I seem to spend my days both reading and writing about.

There was little doubt (or disagreement) from anyone the profession is overworked and overstretched, but this pressure hasn’t stopped nurses up and down Wales going over and above to make a real difference to people’s lives.

But a few things were said about how damaging politics can be for the NHS – a number of people raised concerns about political meddling and point scoring, something which they believe can only get worse in the run up to the election.

Despite this the positivity of the evening, in the face of constant negativity, was overwhelming.

People let their hair down, talked to each other about incredible achievements, and enjoyed a glittering ceremony with incredible food (yes even for me with my weird dietary requirements).

The politicians who where there – Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb and Health Minister Mark Drakeford – spoke with pride about the achievements of the nurses and health professionals who’s dedication keeps the Welsh NHS alive and kicking.

And it was nice for me to share my experiences with the nurses, CEOs and health professionals – and to speak to those who are helping to save lives day in day out, and well thank them.

Welsh Sec Stephen Crabb speaks with pride about Wales’ nurses “you are the beating heart of the NHS”

A video posted by Rachel Flint (@rachelflintviews) on Nov 19, 2015 at 11:11am PST

 

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