The four Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups – East, West, South and South West – will be celebrating the work of nurses across the county on International Nurses Day, Sunday 12 May.
Held on 12 May to commemorate the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world and marks the essential role nurses play saving lives and improving health and wellbeing.
As in other parts of the country, in Lincolnshire thousands of nurses perform a wide variety of roles in the community, as well as in GP practices, hospitals, and care homes, making a critical contribution to the lives of thousands of people.
“Nurses in Lincolnshire and across the country make a huge difference to the lives of patients, often in extremely difficult circumstances, and we wanted to celebrate them and the work they do on International Nurses Day,” explains Wendy Martin, Executive Lead Nurse and Midwife, Lincolnshire West CCG. “We want to raise the profile of what nurses do, especially since there are nurses working in roles that may not always be at the forefront of people’s minds when they picture a nurse.”
“Our nurses do amazing things on a daily basis, often without thanks, and it’s really important to us that we recognise what they do and the sacrifices they make. In difficult times, the passion and values of our nurses shines through, and, irrespective of where they work, our nurses constantly meet the challenge of a changing healthcare environment head-on,” adds Liz Ball, Chief Nurse, Lincolnshire East CCG.
Although this year it falls on a Sunday, the date International Nurses Day has been held each year since 1965 has a particularly strong resonance for nurses as it is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Every year a service is held at Westminster Abbey, London, to commemorate the life of Florence Nightingale (this year’s will be held on Wednesday 15 May).
“We wanted to say thank you to nurses across Lincolnshire, wherever they may work,” adds Pam Palmer, Chief Nurse, South and South West Lincolnshire CCGs. “Our nurses deliver some extraordinary care in an increasingly pressurised environment, and are a continuing source of inspiration for all of us.”
For more information visit https://www.rcn.org.uk/nurses-day and https://www.icn.ch/what-we-do/campaigns/international-nurses-day