Florence Nightingale was born on the 12 May 1820 201 years ago. It is on this date every year that we celebrate Nurses’ Day.
The global pandemic has shone a light on the vital role nurses play in caring for people and keeping them safe. Working under pressure can be a way of life for our nursing colleagues, but COVID-19 has shown us all just how committed and brave nurses are across the world.
This year, Nurses’ Day hopes to showcase what it means to be a nurse and how the nursing profession has lead patient care during the pandemic. Chris Burford, Director of Nursing and Professions, has the following message for our fantastic staff:
"Dear nurse colleagues
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for everything you have done, and continue to do, working with your colleagues to lead your patients and clients out of the latest wave of COVID-19. Thank you.
"Today is Nurses’ Day, a time to celebrate and be proud of why we entered the profession and why we call ourselves nurses.
"I have been a mental health nurse for over 30 years and consider that a privilege. I know how important it is to provide compassionate care for people at their most vulnerable and the impact this can have on people and their recovery. We should never underestimate the difference we can make to people and their families.
"Mental Health and Learning Disability nursing is challenging, no matter where you are working, and we still have a lot more to do to educate the public, and health and social care colleagues, of its importance alongside physical health care settings.
"Take some time today to reflect and be proud of the difference you really do make to those people in your care.
"Thank you from myself and all at Devon Partnership NHS Trust."
Read just some of our nurses stories here.