Nursing the world back to health

News: International Nurses Day

Join colleagues today (12 May) to celebrate International Nursing Day 2021 and recognise all our inspirational nurses and the fantastic work they do across the trust. 

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. 

The aim of Nurses Day is to showcase what it means to nurse and how fantastic nurses, nationwide, have led patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme is ‘nursing the world back to health’. 

International Nurses Day has been celebrated on 12 May since 1974 as it is the anniversary of the birth of one of the founders of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.

We’ll be marking the day at Oxleas at our COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, where Kerri Rivers-Simpson, our lead nurse for practice improvement, will have a celebratory display and be talking to colleagues. 

Director of Nursing, Jane Wells, will also be spending some time with the nursing team at Scadbury ward. 

She said: "Happy International Nurses Day!  I am proud to be a nurse and I am so proud of every one of our nurses, nursing associates and support workers. Every day nurses give extraordinary care, with exceptional kindness and so often go the extra mile. As we each reflect on the difference we make to people’s lives and their loved ones, especially over the last year, we need to take a moment to also look after each other. There has never been a more important time celebrate our great profession. Thank you for being amazing."

Don’t forget to share your team pics and celebrations on social media using #NursesDay @OxleasNHS.

Resources including online events and social media frames can be accessed via the Royal College of Nursing website

Published on 12th May 2021