Nurses across the world celebrate International Nurses Day today (May 12th).
The theme this year is how the nursing role has changed and recognises that nurses are leading more and more changes in patient care both in the acute and community care setting.
One nurse and her team at the Vale of Leven hospital have seen more changes than most over the last few years. Margo Ferguson, Charge Nurse in the Medical Assessment Unit has been involved in the changes that have seen the unit go from strength to strength since the completion of the ‘Vision for the Vale’.
Margo has been in the unit for over 10 years and is proud of how the hospital has adapted to meet local needs.
She said: “The unit works hand in hand with both local GPs and the Scottish Ambulance Service to ensure local patients are seen and treated appropriately.
“The nursing staff assess patient’s clinical needs with approximately 70% of patients completing their treatment at the Vale of Leven Hospital. Those patients that are more seriously ill are assessed and commence treatment prior to transfer to the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
“We have seen and treated nearly 6000 unscheduled care patients at the hospital in the last year.
Rosslyn Crockett, Board Nurse Director, has been hugely impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the nursing staff at the Medical Assessment Unit.
She said: “The nursing staff not just in the Medical Assessment Unit but across the hospital work closely with clinical colleagues to deliver the very best care for patients from across West Dunbartonshire.
“International Nurses Day is great opportunity to recognise the contribution our nursing staff make. The nursing staff in the Medical Assessment Unit have seen a number of changes over the last few years but I want to thank them for their efforts to deliver the very best of care for each and every patient.”
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Pic: Margo Ferguson (right), Charge Nurse, Medical Assessment Yeam, Vale of Leven Hospital, with some of the nursing team.