International Nurses Day 2020

A graphic describing International Women's Day 2020.

Nursing leaders from across the world and here in Manchester, are asking the public to ‘shine a light’ today, Tuesday 12 May, to mark International Nurses Day and recognise the extraordinary work that their colleagues are doing in the fight against coronavirus.

Carolina Ciliento, Head of Nursing for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning said: 

“Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who was most famous for founding modern nursing and pioneering infection control, but she is also famous for her lamp – shining in the darkness as she made her night rounds, illuminating the faces of the fallen soldiers for whom she cared.

This year, to mark the bicentenary of Florence’s birth, has been made the International Year of the Nurse. As we know many of our front-line nursing colleagues have lost their lives in the fight against the most significant health emergency in the history of the NHS, their sacrifice immeasurable, their loss to their family, friends, colleagues and loved ones, inconsolable.

This year more than ever, it is important that we remember, reflect and mark the day in memory of all who have given such dedication and commitment”.

Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, together with other nurse leaders across the country , has asked us all to please ‘shine a light’ in your window tonight at 8:30pm for the whole of our international nurse family in the UK and across the world.”

Chris Pearson, Executive Director of Nursing at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and MHCC Board Nurse member said: 

“Across Manchester we are lucky to have such wonderful and dedicated nurses. Today is International Nurses Day and we celebrate the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. We find ourselves in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak where our nurses who are on the front line are risking their lives each day to help and support others during this very difficult time. I hope you can join us this evening at 8:30pm to say a special thank you to all our nurses.”

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