International Nurses Day 2022 – Molly’s Story

12th May 2022

Today we’ve been celebrating International Nurses Day to shine a light on the amazing efforts of our nursing team. Managers organised a celebration tea and prepared a special hamper and gift bags for staff to say thank you.

Molly Thomas (see above, second from left) is the longest serving member of our charity’s nursing team, having worked in our care homes for an incredible 17 years, and she still loves coming to work every day!

“After training and working abroad I moved to the UK to be with my sister, Dolly. She was a nursing Sister in Whiteley House and although my background was in hospital nursing, she encouraged me to go into social care, so when a role came up working for the Trust I applied”, said Molly.

“It was lovely working alongside my sister and later my husband also came to work here as a carer too, as we managed to get staff accommodation, so it was very handy for us.

“Nursing in social care can be demanding emotionally and physically but it’s very fulfilling too. You get to form close bonds with your residents, and they feel like your family. So, it’s obviously very upsetting when they pass away as inevitably they do over the years. But I have a great team here in the Eliza Palmer Hub and we’re all very supportive of each other.

“That’s been especially important to me over the last couple of years, and not just because of Covid but also because sadly my husband passed away last year too. He worked at Whiteley for 15 years and loved the job as much as I do. It was a very difficult time, but my managers and colleagues were so kind and supported me throughout it all and my daughter in law was wonderful too.

“It’s really important to have a good group of friends and family around you to share the good times and the difficult ones, but my job is my life and I feel very lucky to work and live here at Whiteley.”

Happy Nurses Day to all our nursing colleagues! Below are a few photos from our celebrations today.

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