International Nurse Day 2021

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. 

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), known as “The Lady With the Lamp,” was a British nurse, social reformer and statistician best known as the founder of modern nursing. Her experiences as a nurse during the Crimean War were foundational in her views about sanitation. She established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses in 1860. Her efforts to reform healthcare greatly influenced the quality of care in the 19 and 20 centuries.

Nursing staff working through the pandemic have shattered the stereotypes of nursing. The world has seen first-hand the fundamental role nursing plays in patient safety. To celebrate Nurses Day 2021 we have collated biographies of our nursing staff at Aston Healthcare to celebrate the amazing work they do on a daily basis. 


Hello, my name is Sharon. I am the Nurse Matron and Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Aston Healthcare.

I started nursing in 1982 aged 17 years at St Paul’s eye hospital, Liverpool. I haven’t looked back since.

I have worked in hospitals in Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, Warrington & St Helens. I have worked in a variety of community nursing roles & in General practice around the North West.

I studied a post graduate degree in Liverpool and went on to undertake a Masters degree at Chester University which enabled me to work at an advanced nursing level.

I love working in Liverpool, and I am proud to work for Aston Healthcare.


I qualified as a registered nurse in 2019 and working in general practice before my training, I knew that this nursing pathway was for me. Health promotion is something that I am passionate about, anything can can help improve our longterm health and primary care is where this can be focused.

I am an ambassador for a campaign to promote exercise and strong belief in that this can be achieved by keeping moving, dancing in the kitchen or karate class – all good!

It took me until I reached 30 to make a move back to studying and I’ve not stopped since! Education and knowledge is key for me, it opened up a new world and now led me to head back to university to study advanced practice to become and advanced nurse practitioner which will allow me to offer more care and support for our patients and community.


I started my Nurse Training in May 1991 at the Manchester Royal Infirmary School of Nursing. I was very excited ,but nervous to start my new career. I qualified in 1994 as a Registered General Nurse & I felt so proud to be a part of the NHS.

Over my career ,I have worked in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic, Medical wards, Surgical wards then moved to Accident & Emergency & Walk in Centre where I learnt the skills to be an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. I also took some time out of the hospital to work on P & O cruises as a Nursing Officer, before returning to the NHS.

I have studied whilst working as a Nurse to achieve my Diploma in Nursing & then my BSc in Professional Studies of Nursing.

I started working in General Practice in 2009 and achieved my Post Graduate Advanced Nursing Practice & independent Prescribing in 2012. I have achieved the Royal College of Nursing Advanced Nurse Level register in 2018 that demonstrates my advanced level in Clinical, Education, Research & Leadership.

I am so proud to be a Nurse & celebrate that It has been my career of 30years.

I feel honoured & humbled to help people with their physical, mental health & wellbeing.


Hello I am Elisha, I am a Practice Nurse.

 I enjoy nursing purely because I am passionate about delivering exceptional and safe care to patients. Nursing has always been my aspiration. I strive to help and advocate for people where possible.

Being a nurse is a very rewarding job, knowing that something as little as being an active listener could be the highlight of a patients day.

Having the opportunity to communicate and interact with different individuals on a day to day basis has made me the  courageous individual I am today. I cannot see myself in any other career.


Hi my name is Sue Tumilty, I have been a nurse for 14 years. Recent career progression has brought me to Aston healthcare. Where I am proud to say I am a competent, confident, empathetic and caring  practice nurse, serving as a part of an amazing team.

Proud to say I am an Aston Healthcare practice nurse!


Hi, my name is Clare and I am a practice nurse at Aston Healthcare.

I graduated with my nursing degree in 2019 and always wanted to be a practice nurse. It’s a priviledge to work in Liverpool as we have such a diverse city with lots of healthcare services available to us on our doorstep. Working for Aston Healthcare is amazing, we have such a friendly, approachable, professional and supportive team.


Ever since I was young I have dreamt of becoming a nurse.

In 2011 my dream finally came true! Working for Aston allows me to make a noticeable difference to people’s lives, and I love nothing more than knowing I have helped a patient to feel better.


The last 11 years of my nursing journey have been such an experience; from student nurse to nurse then advanced nurse practitioner (ANP).

There have been tears and laughter , highs and lows , I never thought I would complete my Degree never mind my Masters!

Even with all the highs and lows as well as the pandemic , I would not change anything. I’ve learnt such a lot and met , nursed, treated and diagnosed so many inspirational people and their families.

My background was mainly A&E but I have worked across both the medical and surgical divisions in the hospital setting , as well as working in the community setting and now primary care.

I have also worked A&E major trauma which was a fast learning curve! Perhaps my most memorable experience was 4 weeks on the emergency sea king helicopters at RAF Anglesey as part of the search and rescue team; being winched onto cargo ships from a helicopter that flies with the door open in the middle of the North Sea is something I will not forget (the highlight being Prince William as the co-pilot).

I am proud to be an ANP and I am loving being part of the team at Aston Healthcare.


Nursing for me was a lifelong ambition. Before I was old enough to start nurses’ training in 1976, I worked as a Nursing Auxiliary firstly in a children’s special needs unit, then in a general surgical ward. My experience following RGN qualification has been in orthopaedics, both trauma and elective, in a GP led community hospital (where I also studied for a diploma in respiratory management), travel health and for the past 8 years as a practice nurse in North Wales, Lincoln and now in Liverpool.


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