Issue date: 02 April 2004

ISSUE DATE: 02/04/04

Spearheading a campaign to highlight the rewards of a nursing career is Garrett Bright, a student from the University of the West of England, who turned his back on a well paid job in public relations to train as a nurse.

Nursing has suffered from a poor image in recent years with emphasis firmly focused on long hours and low pay. This focus has hit hard and virtually obliterated the many positive aspects of this vital profession. The Nursing Standard has launched a campaign lead by nurses to challenge the recent stereotypes by getting the nurses to speak out about why they enjoy what they do.

“Nurses are seen the underdogs but I firmly believe that we talk ourselves down when we should be shouting about how fantastic it feels to be able to perform a useful job, “ said Garrett. “ It took me some time to take the decision to leave a well paid job but I haven’t looked back. This campaign is so important – I happened to stumble on it by answering a pop up screen when viewing the Nursing Standard website. It asked what I had done today. I replied by saying that I had made a cup of tea for a bereaved woman who had just been told that her mother had died and that the woman had said this helped. As a result of this I was asked to become one of the campaign ambassadors”

“Essentially the campaign aims to raise the profile of nursing amongst leaders and one of the ways we are doing this is by inviting local MP’s to spend a day with us.”

West Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust and Gloucester MP, Parmjit Dhanda will visit College Yard Surgery, Mount Street, Gloucester on Tuesday 6 April where he will shadow the work of the district nursing team, and learn more about the day to day experience of health care workers.

Garrett continued “I am delighted that Mr Danda is backing this important campaign which will help to increase the public voice and raise the profile of nurses. The campaign is driven by nurses themselves and the visit offers an opportunity for our nursing team to share their thoughts on the future of the profession and what can be done to encourage more people to consider nursing as a future career option.”


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