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Use Nurses’ Day 2015 to celebrate successes, says RCN Wales director

RCN Wales director Tina Donnelly says Nurses’ Day is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate nurses’ hard work

RCN Wales director Tina Donnelly has said today’s Nurses’ Day 2015 celebrations should be used to mark the dedication, achievements and hard work of the nursing profession.

Nurses’ Day is celebrated around the world on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, and events will be held across the UK to mark the occasion.

Ms Donnelly said it is important to take time today to reflect on the ‘importance of good health and social care within our society’.

She added: ‘We are extremely fortunate as a nation to have our National Health Service as the main provider.

‘Nurses work across the continuum of healthcare delivery whether that be within the community, or within the care home sector or indeed in independent or NHS hospitals.

‘It is the time to celebrate our nurses and nursing.’

Nurses are sharing what makes them proud to be a nurse on Twitter using the hashtag #WhyInurse and Ms Donnelly said it is important to reflect on the ‘huge skill set’ that nurses must have in order to provide safe care in ‘a compassionate manner’.

She added: ‘When the challenges in providing safe care to the highest standard are immense, nurses need to have huge resilience in the current climate and as a consequence we must always remember that nurses, like the rest of us, experience feelings of exhaustion and frustration, and at times are overwhelmed with the challenges they face.’

The RCN is also sharing nursing and patient stories to mark the day on the RCN Nurses’ Day website.

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