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Student strives to improve nursing image!
Garrett hopes to improve the image of nursing
Last updated: 25 November 2004 1214 GMT
lineGarrett Bright, from Gloucester, is a second year nursing student. Passionate about his new career he is backing a campaign to highlight the problems facing members of his profession.
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Garrett Bright, from Gloucester, left a career in sales to join the nursing profession. He is now determined to raise the awareness of nursing and nurses in the county.


He said, "I feel passionate in driving the image of nurses forward. Currently I am on placement with the District Nurses in Gloucester, and I have been really surprised at what they achieve. I have not seen them at work before, and I thought nurses worked in hospitals. My own misconception!"

quoteI feel passionate in driving the image of nurses forward.quote
Garrett Bright

In order to help raise awareness and to add weight to the current Nursing Standard campaign, Garrett has organised for Gloucester MP, Parmjit Dhanda to shadow the work of the district nursing team, and learn more about the day to day experiences of health care workers.

Mr Dhanda will visit College Yard Surgery, Mount Street, Gloucester on Tuesday April 6, 2004.

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Parmjit Dhanda MP
Parmjit Dhanda MP will shadow county nurses

Parmjit Dhanda MP said, "There is much to celebrate about what nurses across Gloucestershire and the country are achieving for patients every day.

"I had no hesitation in supporting an initiative which aims to enhance the image and reputation of nurses".

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Garrett who is now on his third nursing placement based in the community said, "I am delighted that Mr Dhanda is backing this important campaign which will help to increase the public voice and raise the profile of nurses.

quoteI had no hesitation in supporting an initiative which aims to enhance the image and reputation of nurses."quote
Parmjit Dhanda MP

"The campaign is driven by nurses themselves and the visit offers an opportunity for our nursing team to share their thoughts on the future of the profession and what can be done to encourage more people to consider nursing as a future career option."

For more information about the visit, contact Garrett Bright on 01452 383413.

For more information on the Nursing Standard Campaign, contact Campaign Manager, Frances Pickersgill on 0208 8723164.

Article by Nat Hall

Your comments:

Melissa, Student Nurse
Well done for this. Hopefully people will begin to realise what a valuable profession nursing is, and to the guy in Subtone in Chelltenham on Saturday night, who thought it was sexy that I was a nurse - we're not all 'No Angels'. I am studying for a nursing DEGREE! Lets get out there and educate them!

Mary GRH staff Nurse
all nurses should celebrate what they do. I have been folloing the campaign in the Nursing Standard, well done Radio Gloucestershire for backing it. I love my Job!

pete townesend
What an excellent idea Garret!!! Lets not forget that the profiles and understanding of all health care professionals and their jobs, needs this sort of support

Julie Mitchell
Having just completed an IP module with Garrett I wish him all the very best in his career he is indeed an ambassador for the profession - having an interest in other professions other than his own. He is a very hard worker and will make a very good nurse. he has the enthusiasm and drive to get others behind him with his work as ambassodor.

This sounds like a fantastic initiative and all credit to Garrett for organising it.

physiotherapist GRH
I'm so pleased that somebody has taken this initiative, there is so much bad press on health professionals in general, that i feel it to be very possitive that people can see the hard work, caring and effort that everone puts in to care, without the soldiers there would be no crusade, the silent workers that plod on un noticed need appreciated and supported.

Nurses are overworked and underpaid. It's about time someone took some interest!

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