Comment

Join the #thankanurse campaign and celebrate together

Despite the many challenges facing nursing this year, it is time to celebrate.

Despite the many challenges facing nursing this year, it is time to celebrate.

At the RCN we will be doing this on May 12, when healthcare staff, patients and the public come together to celebrate International Nurses Day. It is a doubly special day for us this year, as it forms part of our centenary celebrations.

The RCN’s International Nurses Day theme this year is #thankanurse and we are asking everyone to show their appreciation for nurses who have touched their lives.

One message of gratitude has already come in from John Haxby, whose daughter Emma was nursed back to health after being rushed to hospital with pneumonia at 25 weeks pregnant. Emma later gave birth to a healthy daughter.

Stories like this happen up and down the country every day and the RCN is proud to showcase them all.

And while it is wonderful to hear from our patients and service users, we should also be using this day as a way of encouraging, supporting and thanking one another. So I urge nurses to get involved – on social media, through the RCN website or even in person.

We will be out in force in Cavendish Square in London on International Nurses Day – some of us in full Victorian costume even – meeting members of the public and the RCN to hear about the work that happens every day.

I too will be saying thank you: to each and every nurse throughout history who has made nursing the fantastic profession it is today.

This article is for subscribers only

Jobs