Student Nurse represents Swansea University at Florence Nightingale Commemoration Day

A student from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences has represented his College and course mates at a prestigious event commemorating the life and work of Florence Nightingale.

On the 8th May, second year Adult Nursing student, Matthew Spurr, made the trip from Swansea to London to take part in the Florence Nightingale Foundation’s annual Commemoration and Students Day.

Matthew, who was nominated to attend the event by tutor Gwyneth Warner, joined over 60 student nurses from around the UK for a Plenary Discussion session where students were invited to raise questions or concerns to a panel of senior nurses.

Matthew said: “After the Plenary Discussion, we were taken on a guided tour of the Florence Nightingale Museum in St. Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster.  In the evening we attended the Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service at Westminster Abbey, which involved a procession of Nightingale Nurses who wore the old uniforms - including hats!”  

“The service featured Florence Nightingale’s lamp of knowledge being handed down through the generation of nurses, from the Matron, to the Sister, the Staff Nurse and eventually to the Student Nurse.  It made me feel very proud to do what I do!”

Nursing Tutor Gwyneth Warner said: "Since commencing the Pre Registration BN Nursing Programme (Adult Field), Matthew has always been willing to participate in extracurricular activities.  He has showcased the new student uniform, met with the CEO for ABMU and is currently a student ambassador.  Matthew gives his time willingly, is committed to his studies, is very proud to be a Swansea University student and is an excellent ambassador for the college."