Today is International Nurses Day, which is traditionally held on 12 May, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
This year, in particular, it’s an extra special occasion because not only does it fall during the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it also marks the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth.
Our own Deaconesses were pioneers of nursing care in the East End of London during the cholera epidemic of the 1860s.
Today, we’re saying thank you to nursing staff everywhere for the remarkable contribution they make to the lives of millions of people.
Ordinarily, this would be a time for mass celebration, but as nursing staff across the world stand united in responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we must use today to shine a light on the remarkable work all health and care staff are doing for the entire nation.