Two ‘Nurses Day’ events were organised by part-time Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy student Francis Fabi who is completing his qualification while working as Ward Manager in the Renal Unit and Outpatients at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
Francis said: “It went well. We just wanted to give our nurses a sense of wellbeing. Salons had been closed because of the pandemic, so I thought I’d talk to my tutor and create a Nurses Day activity. I wanted to do this so we could support NHS staff with their health and wellbeing, and so that they could get the pampering they deserve. Hopefully, this is the start of a collaboration that we can repeat each year.”
NHS staff had the chance to indulge in a range of treatments including Swedish massages, back massages, full-body massages, hair treatments, manicures, pedicures and leg waxes.
Client Sally Lewis, Senior Ward Sister at Queen Alexandra Hospital, thanked students, saying: “I thought it was a lovely opportunity. I don’t normally take these things up but I’m really glad I came. I think it’s a really nice opportunity for the students to practice and it’s been great to have some relaxation time. I’ve had facial, a very nice pedicure and a bonus manicure. It was lovely.”
Beauty Therapy Lecturer Carrianne Bungay said: “The students really enjoyed it and it’s been a great success. It was a great assessment opportunity for the students as well. It also helped to improve their confidence by working on all the clients.
“We just wanted to give something back to the NHS for all their hard work during the pandemic. A lot of them have asked to come back, so we’ve offered them 15% discount vouchers so they can return and have another treatment.”
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