Tribute to ‘incredible work’
The Thurrock MP and Minister for Health, Jackie Doyle-Price, was among those leading the government’s recognition of International Nurses Day.
Ms Doyle-Price has celebrated the work of nursing staff in the UK and around the world as part of the occasion.
Nurses’ Day is an international event held annually on Florence Nightingale’s birthday (12 May). This year the RCN is showcasing nurses’ dedication to delivering outstanding patient care and the innovative and diverse roles nurses have in healthcare teams.
The RCN is also encouraging nursing staff to use the hashtag #ThisNurse to share stories of colleagues who went the extra mile to provide patient care and times which reminded them why there are nursing in 2018.
Jackie Doyle-Price said: “Nurses’ Day is a fantastic way to show our support for nursing staff in our health and care services. It’s our chance to thank them for the care they provide to our families, friends, neighbours and colleagues. I encourage everyone to celebrate the remarkable work of nursing staff in Thurrock and across the UK.
“As Minister for mental health I want to pay particular tribute to those nurses who provide care for people who are at their most vulnerable.”
Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said in a statement: “Nursing is a dynamic profession with caring for people at its heart. Nurses’ Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the incredible work nursing staff do every single day of the year.
“There is no ‘one size fits all’ rule for nursing staff. They work in a variety of settings and have a diverse range of skills. But what unties them all is their dedication, even in difficult circumstances, to delivering outstanding patient care. I continue to be amazed by the professional leadership, expert care and compassion that nurses display, day in, day out.”