Afghanistan nurses remember those in conflict

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MILITARY nurses serving in Afghanistan are celebrating International Nurses Week to remember colleagues who have served in conflicts around the world.

Gosport-based 33 Field Hospital is currently running the hospital at Camp Bastion.

Nurses there took a break from their duties to enjoy cake and non-alcoholic beer, before remembering service nurses and their work helping wounded soldiers.

Corporal Jennie Cottrell said: ‘It’s nice to be recognised for the work we do.

‘Helping soldiers is satisfying work in its own right and we get lots of thanks from the guys out here, although it’s important to acknowledge those nurses who might not be as lucky as me.’

Meanwhile, nurses closer to home will be talking about the work they do.

This Sunday is International Nurses Day, and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, is hosting a showcase event on the day.

Julie Dawes, director of nursing, said: ‘International Nurses Day is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the fantastic work of nurses.’ The nursing profession is as important today as it has ever been and we will celebrate the impact that modern day nurses make to healthcare.

‘Everything nurses do supports patient care. Their work can range from helping patients on a ward to working with other healthcare professionals on ground-breaking research.’