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Nurse leaders pay tribute to staff in Christmas messages of gratitude

Nurses praised for their ‘hope, optimism, compassion and enthusiasm’

Nurses praised for their ‘hope, optimism, compassion and enthusiasm’


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Chief nursing officers and nurse leaders across the UK have offered seasonal messages of thanks to nurses for their tireless efforts and professionalism.

Outgoing chief nursing officer (CNO) for England Jane Cummings said: ‘I'd like to thank all my fellow nurses, midwives and healthcare colleagues for their hard work this year, many of whom will be working over the festive period, and I wish everyone a happy Christmas and a wonderful new year.’

Welsh spirit

CNO for Wales Jean White said nurses’ dedication, care and professionalism keeps the NHS running.

She also pointed out that nurses from Wales were ‘well-represented’ in Nursing Standard’s list of the most influential nurses of the past 70 years.

‘They are proud representatives of all our dedicated and professional nurses and midwives in Wales,’ she said.

World-leading care

CNO for Scotland Fiona McQueen said: ‘From the biggest of our cities to the most far-flung and remote settlements, you, Scotland’s brilliant nurses and midwives, are providing world-leading care for our patients.

‘For this and for everything you do – day in, day out, week in, week out, and often in the most difficult of circumstances – I thank you sincerely.’

Northern Ireland’s CNO Charlotte McArdle said: ‘You are holders of hope, optimism, compassion and enthusiasm and will continue to lead nursing and midwifery to a better and stronger future. I wish you all a very peaceful Christmas and a happy new year.’

Challenging times

RCN acting general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair thanked healthcare staff and students for all they had done, particularly during a challenging year.

‘Our members have told us this has been a difficult 12 months, with pressure on NHS services increasing and nursing shortages becoming even more widespread,’ she said.

‘I would like to thank nurses, midwives, health practitioners and students for the sacrifices they’ve made over the year, and for the dedication they’ve shown to patients, the college and each other.’

Dedicated public servants

Unison head of health Sara Gorton said the union was proud to represent nurses, many of whom will be working over the holidays.

‘Instead of relaxing and recharging their batteries over the Christmas period, many will be working to provide a vital public service,’ she said.

‘Thank you for your dedication. Unison understands the sacrifices you make, and we appreciate everything you do.’


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