International Nurses Day 2020

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International Nurses day is celebrated each year in May on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

As this year is the 200th anniversary, The World Health Organization (WHO) named 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, was reported as saying, “In 2020, the spotlight is on us: nurses and midwives are being celebrated not just in England but across the globe. This is the chance to highlight our vast and varied skills and the work we do, and to ensure our professional voice is heard and represented at the heart of all health and care decisions and policy.”

Ruth wasn’t wrong when she wrote about the spotlight being on us throughout 2020, but of course the COVID-19 pandemic was not what any of us had in mind for showcasing our commitment to care.

Due to the pandemic, we have been met with new and stressful challenges that have forced us to adapt how we work, but it has been humbling too.

Please know that we have continued to provide the best service and care we can in these tough circumstances, and that the emotional impact has weighed heavy on us. As nurses, we want to hold your hand, give you a hug and tell you that it’s going to be alright -  we’re here for you. But, we aren’t able to do this right now, and it breaks our hearts.

No matter what the challenge is, nurses instinctively want to conquer it and help people. It is what we do. This year isn’t how we would have chosen to highlight what we do, but we will roll our sleeves up and like the difficulties Florence Nightingale and many other inspiring nurses went through, approach this unforeseen experience together as medical professionals.

I can confidently speak for my colleagues when I say that we are all very proud to be nurses, proud of our profession and proud of all our medical colleagues during this time and always.

I would like to recognise and acknowledge all those nurses and medical professionals who have lost their lives whilst doing their jobs – thank you for your passion and your commitment. May you rest in peace.

Our Stoma Care Nursing team like many other teams around the world, had plans to celebrate International Nurses Day on Tuesday 12 May. Instead we must put this celebration on hold until we can be together again and celebrate our profession in the best way possible. 

Happy Birthday, Florence Nightingale. 

”No matter what the challenge is, nurses instinctively want to conquer it and help people. It is what we do.” – Emma Vernon

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The World Health Organisation has designated 2020 as the International Year of The Nurse and Midwife. In celebration, we have a variety of things planned for the year including a regular blog about from our Stoma Care Nurses talking about the nurses who inspire(d) them.

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