Nurses gearing up to celebrate International Nurses’ Day

On Sunday 12 May, which coincides with Florence Nightingale’s birthday, nurses will come together to celebrate International Nurses’ Day.

“Without talented and committed nurses, the NHS would not be able to support patients in the way it does”

Vanessa Read

From bake sales to workplace parties and staff conferences, nurses will be celebrating under this year’s theme set by the International Council of Nurses of Nurses: A Voice to Lead Health for All.

The ICN set this year’s theme to fit in with its overarching capaign of the same same for 2017-19, which focuses on the need for nurses to become more active and vocal in policy development and implementation.

As part of the celebration, the ICN has produced several resources for nurses, which includes a toolkit and case studies that showcase nurses’ innovative work from around the world. Nurses can also benefit from a video, poster and logo which can be accessed on its website.

Meanwhile, in a bid to “boost the party atmosphere”, the Royal College of Nursing is holding the “UK’s biggest nursing party” across the weekend, by encouraging staff to organise small parties with colleagues in the workplace.

The RCN has sent over 4,000 party packs containing banners, invites and bunting, selfie boards and cup-cake holders, and have also dedicated a Spotify playlist to the cause.

“I am passionate about keeping nurses in nursing and attracting more people into this wonderful profession”

Lorraine Szeremeta

In addition, charities, NHS organisations and trusts have also begun holding events and carrying out initiatives ahead of the big day this weekend.

Cavell Nurses’ Trust, which works to support the welfare of nurses in the UK, has given recognition to the nursing community by “raising their whisks” in a bake sale campaign ahead of International Nurses Day.

According to the charity, last year around 3,300 nursing professionals sought help from the trust. It hopes that this year’s bake sale campaign has helped to bring together teams by celebrating the nursing workforce, show off their baking skills and raise vital income for those who may be struggling.

Nurses from across the Dorset, meanwhile, came together today for a first ever conference in Dorchester, explained Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

The event gave staff the opportunity to learn about initiatives taking place within the profession and to celebrate the ongoing contribution nurses make to the care and wellbeing of patients in the area, it noted.

Attendees took part in a series of workshops on sharing innovation and best practice, the role of technology in health care, the introduction of the nursing associate role and how to ensure nurses’ voices continue to be heard.

international nurses day in dorset

International Nurses Day in Dorset

Source: NHS Dorset CCG

International Nurses Day conference in Dorset: Hattie Taylor – Lead District Nurse – and Vicky Melville

Vanessa Read, director of nursing and quality at Dorset CCG, said: “Today has provided an excellent opportunity to celebrate our nurses and all that they do.

“Without talented and committed nurses, the NHS would not be able to support patients in the way it does,” she said.

Over 120 nurses from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust came together on Thursday in a conference that focused on celebrating diversity among the profession.

Speakers at the event included Yvonne Coghill, the deputy president of the RCN who has been voted by NHS colleagues to be in the top 50 most inspirational women and top 50 BME pioneers.

Professor Mark Radford, deputy chief nursing officer – delivery and innovation for NHS England and NHS Improvement, also spoke at the event. In his speech, he emphasised the importance of nurses taking pride in their roles and the impact they have.


International Nurses Day at Cambridge University Hospitals Trust

Conference for International Nurses Day at Cambridge University Hospitals Trust

Chief nurse at the trust, Lorraine Szeremeta, who organised the event, said: “I am passionate about keeping nurses in nursing and attracting more people into this wonderful profession.”

Ms Szeremeta explained that the conference was about “celebrating the fact the NHS belongs to the people”.

“Whatever their profession, nationality, ability, race, age, gender or sexuality, it is vital that we, as nurses, take the time to listen and engage with them to help deliver the very best care,” she said.

In contrast, the University of Sunderland has chosen to use the day to promote men in nursing, especially in relation to its courses.

In 2018, the University of Sunderland launched their new BSc Nursing Practice courses in mental health and learning disability nursing in partnership with local NHS Foundation Trusts.

Glenn Batey, a senior lecturer in pre-registration learning disability nursing at the university, said: “Although learning disability and mental health nursing have a higher percentage of men working in the respective fields, the numbers are small.

“With greater demand for services with ever increasing levels of complex health needs there is a need for greater diversity and people who can bring a wealth of life experience to the profession,” he said.