More than 100 past and present nurses came together at a special event on Friday 3 October to celebrate 100 years of paediatric nursing at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) on the Yorkhill site.
The event marked the 100-year milestone ahead of the RHSC at Yorkhill relocating to a brand new, state-of-the-art purpose built children’s hospital as part of the new £842 million South Glasgow Hospitals Campus.
Authentic 1914 and 1970 nurses’ uniforms were also on display showing how the uniform has changed and adapted to nurses’ needs over the years - from a dress, apron and cap in 1914 to a shorter variation in 1970 right through to today’s more comfortable tunics. Attendees were invited to take part in a competition to date the uniform – testing delegates’ knowledge of times gone by.
Key speakers also addressed the audience on the changing and expanding role of the paediatric nurse. Today’s nurses provide care to all children – from the smallest and sickest of babies in neonatal units to specialist care within dedicated hospital wards in the RHSC to our community children’s nurses who provide care in the child’s home.
Nursing leaders from NHSGGC spoke throughout the day on how care and treatments have changed through the years. Afternoon topics included how specialised nursing care for children affected by cardiac problems and cancer had also changed.
Elaine Love, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Head of Nursing for Neonates, Children and Young People and Chair of the event, said: “The role of the paediatric nurse has changed dramatically over the past 100 years. Indeed nurses were providing care to children even before the NHS was born.
“While expertise and technology is continually changing, the care and compassion which paediatric nurses show to their young patients will not have changed over the past 100 years.
“I am proud of all of our nurses and the care that they provide – many times in the most difficult and heartbreaking circumstances. Often young patients cannot express themselves when they are in pain or distress and it is testament that our nurses go over and above to provide the best possible care for each patient.”
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