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International Nurses Day 2020 – 12th May

Today is International Nurses Day and 2020 is International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Nurses and midwives make up the largest numbers of the NHS workforce and now, more than ever, we want to send out our thanks to all nurses for their hard work and dedication.

THANK YOU

Especially close to our hearts are all the Stoma Care Nurses up and down the country that provide incredible support pre and post stoma surgery. To send our thanks we’re shining a spotlight on a few stoma care nurses we’ve worked with over the years and mentioning some of the support they’ve given our charity, ostomates and their colleagues.

Amanda Gunning
– Co-authored our ‘Caring for a person with a stoma’ workshops
– Trustee for three years
– Support with the production of various support literature including our irrigation dvd
– Volunteer training. Role of SCN’s, Practical stoma management
– Stoma helpline support
– Key facilitator in increasing engagement with SCN’s in the South West

Liz Harris
– Key person in the successful development, launch, and on-going support for WAMS support group
– Delivers care workshops
– Key SCN in helping to raise awareness of Colostomy UK to other nurses

Judy Pullen
– Again a key SCN in helping raise awareness of Colostomy UK with other nurses.
– Pin up on our pull up banner
– Written articles for our support magazine Tidings
– Worked with us to offer support to NHS 111

Jo Sica
– Assisted with the production of various Colostomy UK booklets
– Ongoing support & advice with our Stoma Helpline
– Again a key SCN in helping raise awareness of Colostomy UK with other nurses
– Volunteer training. Role of SCN’s, Practical stoma management
– Currently working with us on a pilot volunteering project

Julie Rust
– Dear Nurse, 2004 till 2019 – giving great advice to ostomates
– Also written articles for our support magazine Tidings
– Nursing career for 37 years

Wendy Osbourne
– Support with the production of various support literature
– Volunteer training. Role of SCN’s, Practical stoma management
– Written articles for our support magazine Tidings
– Education Officer – ASCN 2011 – 2019
– Again a key SCN in helping raise awareness of Colostomy UK with other nurses

Jan Berry
– Worked in our office back in the days of  British Colostomy Association (BCA) advising on stoma helpline calls
– Hernia study support
– Volunteer training. Role of SCN’s, Practical stoma management

Emma Brown
– Set up and helps run NESS support group in Colchester
– Worked with us and Target to produce the ‘Ovarian cancer and stomas’ booklet
– Advised on topics for Stoma 101
– Again a key SCN in helping raise awareness of Colostomy UK with other nurses.
– Key supporter of 50K and Stoma 66 encouraging patients, surgeons, and nurses to participate

 

We’re also proud to be share some of the articles from these Stoma Care Nurses and others, highlighting what an important and amazing job they do:

Finally, we would like to send out a HUGE thank you to all NHS frontline workers who are going above and beyond in these uncertain times.

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