2020 has been declared International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
Throughout 2020 there will be a number of initiatives to celebrate the contribution of nurses and midwives in improving global health.
Closer to home, our fertility nurses make a huge contribution to the success of treatment and also to the experiences of patients on their journey with us.
To recognise the key roles they play and give a ‘behind the scenes’ view of the work of the clinic, we are profiling a number of our nursing team over the year.
The first is Grace Phiri, Advanced Fertility Nurse Specialist who is part of the team at the Wickford clinic.
Career development at Bourn Hall
Career development is also a feature of the WHO celebration and many organisations will be participating in the Nightingale Challenge to support leadership and development training for nurses and midwives.
Bourn Hall is also embracing this and members of the nursing team are given opportunities for personal and professional development through innovative career development structures. There are a range of diverse competencies that can be gained by fertility nursing staff such as ultrasound scanning skills, assisting with theatre procedures such as IV sedation and achieving qualifications in dispensing.
Achievement of additional competencies is recognised with a pay increment and promotions through the career ladder results in a changes in grade, job title and salary increase.
Bourn Hall was co-founded by Jean Purdy who started her career as a nurse and became the world’s first embryologist – who knows where your journey will take you.