St Clare Hospice to celebrate Nurses’ Day 2023

Categories: Care and Leadership.

West Essex and East Hertfordshire charity, St Clare Hospice, is marking International Nurses’ Day on Friday 12th May 2023.

The globally recognised day is celebrated every year on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the founder of modern nursing, as a tribute to the work that nurses do year- round.

The International Council of Nurses who run the campaign, have chosen the theme ‘Our Nurses. Our Future’ and are calling for action and investments in nursing internationally.

St Clare employs nurses and nursing assistants across their teams including in the Inpatient Unit, Hospice at Home team, Clinical Nurse Specialists, triage clinicians and a Nurse Consultant. It’s estimated St Clare nurses and nursing assistants work around 100,000 hours each year, caring for patients both in the Hospice and the community, 365 days a year.

Sheona Evangeli, St Clare Hospice’s Director of Patient Care and Quality, who is also a Registered Nurse herself, said: “Celebrating International Nurses’ Day gives us an important chance to honour the invaluable work that nurses, nursing assistants and student nurses, do here at St Clare each and every day.”

“At St Clare we really value our highly skilled nursing staff and are committed to their ongoing development and investment in them.

Nurses really are the future of our hospice and healthcare system, and it is vital that we commit to investing in them.

That’s why we have recently introduced a new Sister/Charge Nurse role to our Inpatient Unit, and we have a Development Nurse role which gives Registered Nurses the opportunity to study and gain experience over a period of 3 years, to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist.”

Dawn Power, Inpatient Unit Manager, joined St Clare in June 2022 after working in Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department for 18 years.

Dawn Power said: “Since joining St Clare nearly a year ago I have been personally blown away by the professionalism, compassion and dedication shown by all the nursing staff. It is an environment with no two days the same, and the team are committed to supporting one another and working as one, to make a real difference to patients and their families.”

Dawn continued: “We are looking for more nurses to join our expanding, committed and forward-thinking team, to work in partnership with medical colleagues to give patients outstanding care. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package; ample free parking; flexible working hours; a subsidised canteen; and the opportunity to transfer over your NHS pension.”

St Clare Hospice is marking this year’s International Nurses’ Day on social media and is encouraging supporters to remember a nurse, nursing assistant or student nurse who has made a difference to them, using the hashtag #NursesDay

To find more about current Registered Nurse and nursing assistant job opportunities available at St Clare Hospice, visit


Lead Photo: St Clare nurses and nursing assistants give more than 100,000 of care each year


St Clare Hospice is a charity providing specialist palliative care for people living with terminal or life- limiting illnesses across West Essex and East Herts border.

We care for patients and their families, providing physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support, and ensuring they have timely access to skilled, compassionate and sensitive care in a place of their choice.

Our services are free of charge to those who need our care, but cost over £5 million a year to run. With limited NHS funding we need to fundraise the majority of this each year through donations and other voluntary sources.

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