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International Day of the Nurse 2023

On International Day of the Nurse (12 May), we celebrate the diverse roles, career opportunities, responsibilities and the incredible achievements of nurses across Wales, and beyond.

Today, Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) has re-launched its Nursing building in Careersville to reveal a brand-new collection of careers-focused resources for young individuals interested in, or considering a career within nursing.

Careersville is an innovative, fully bilingual online platform which showcases the wide range of career opportunities available across health and social care in Wales.

Visitors to Careersville can navigate through the virtual village and enter various buildings. Within these they can get information on different health and care roles, access resources, watch videos and read blogs to gain insight into what it’s really like to work within the NHS and wider health and care services in Wales.

Here’s a selection of inspirational quotes taken from the new Nursing Building resources – available now on Careersville:


“To be an effective nurse you need to have good communication skills. As you are working closely with anxious and frightened individuals, children and families it is important to be approachable and friendly as you are asked many questions throughout the day.”
Jenna Davies, Paediatric High Dependency Junior Sister, Hywel Dda University Health Board

“Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to be a nurse that works with children, especially young people with complex health needs. I am passionate about children’s rights and being their voice.”
Lisa Cockroft, Children’s Care Lead (Community Nurse), Hywel Dda University Health Board

In a nursing home, nurses are a crucial part of the team. As well as looking after the physical health of individuals, they also promote the independence and wellbeing of the people they look after.”
Mihnes Alexandru Antonescu, Nursing Home Nurse, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr)

“I have been a learning disability nurse for more than twenty years and I still love my job. People with learning disabilities and their carers are among the funniest, the strongest and the most resilient people that I’ve ever met and I feel passionate about ensuring that these people have the same opportunities in life that everybody else has.”
Jeremy Shea, Learning Disability Nurse and Learning Disability Course Lecturer at Bangor University

“I started off as a healthcare support worker on the children’s ward. I started my band 3 training and I quickly moved on to do the band 4 training, which I really enjoyed. I am currently doing my nursing degree and I decided that this was the best route for me into nursing as it is very practical and hands on. You get to learn so much from experienced staff who work with you and support you on the ward.”
Laura Williams, Band 4 Student Nurse, Hywel Dda University Health Board

“I would recommend anyone with a passion for caring for others to apply for nursing. The variety of roles and departments you can work in is unlike any other industry.”
Michelle Dobbin, Neonatal Staff Nurse, Hywel Dda University Health Board

To find out more about Careersville, click here.