Nurses’ Day 2018 - a day to celebrate

Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake met frontline nurses in Parliament on last month to draw attention to the RCN’s International Nurses’ Day celebrations. This day of celebration took place on 12th May.


He heard about the valuable contributions nursing staff make to patient care. Nursing is a highly-skilled profession and nursing staff care for patients in a variety of settings such as, at music festivals, in prisons and in accident and emergency departments.

Nurses’ Day is an international event held annually on Florence Nightingale’s birthday (12 May). This year the RCN showcased nurses’ dedication to delivering outstanding patient care and the innovative and diverse roles nurses have in healthcare teams.

The RCN also encouraged 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.

Tom Brake MP said:

"Nurses’ Day was a fantastic way to show support for nursing staff in our health and care services. It was 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 at St Helier Hospital, across Carshalton & Wallington and throughout the UK, not just on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, but on every day of the year!"

Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said:

"Nursing is a dynamic profession with caring for people at its heart. Nurses’ Day was 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 unites them all is their dedication, even in difficult circumstances, to delivering outstanding patient care."

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