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Southern Health nurses promote nursing career to mark International Nurses’ Day

This Friday, we will be marking International Nurses’ Day (Friday 12 May) by calling on people to consider nursing as a career through a series of personal stories.

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Nurses across the Trust, working in a variety of disciplines, have come forward to share why they love what they do and what advice they would give someone thinking of becoming a nurse. We will be sharing their stories via our social media channels throughout International Nurses’ Day.

Helen Cartwright, a community nurse at Southern Health shared what being a nurse means to her: “I am proud to be a nurse - qualifying at 41 was a great achievement for me. I love my job and I feel privileged to be going into patients’ homes and seeing them through their journey. The sense of satisfaction knowing that you have helped someone is very special.

“If someone is thinking of entering the nursing profession I would always say do it!  I have never regretted it for one moment. It is the most rewarding job. There are so many opportunities for nurses these days to extend their roles and specialise. There is never a dull moment.”

Named as one of the 100 best places to work in the NHS by the Health Service Journal in 2015, Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK and specialises in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disability services. We offer a vast array of nursing career pathways and we are dedicated to supporting the development of our staff.

Kelly Gear, a community mental health nurse shared what makes her role unique and what it takes to work in mental health: “My role involves seeing people with a range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. I support people with their mental health difficulties as well as their families and friends.

“I love being on the journey with somebody through the good times and the bad. I love seeing them develop an understanding of their condition, take control over their life and have a life that they feel is meaningful, something they often believe is impossible when we first start working together.

“If you are somebody who is up for a challenge, and is determined, kind and passionate about helping others, then mental health nursing is the job for you. It can push you to limits you did not know you had, but the satisfaction of making a difference cannot be beaten.”

The full series of personal stories can be found in the right hand column. If you are considering a career in nursing at Southern Health you can find out more by visiting

As part of International Nurses’ Day #nurseheroes campaign, we are also inviting people to nominate a member of Southern Health staff as their ‘healthcare hero’ by emailing with the full name and job title of the nominee and reason for nominating.