International Nurses Day is an annual celebration taking place around the world on 12 May, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. At The London Clinic, we have nearly 450 nurses from many different countries, who are passionate about providing exceptional patient care, regardless of the circumstances and the challenges they face.
Last year, we launched our Nursing Awards to celebrate key individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and care. This year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we won’t be doing an awards ceremony but we do want to pay tribute to each and every one of our nurses, as well as those across the NHS, and in other hospitals around the world, for their unflinching determination, compassion and expertise in caring for our health.
The vital work they do, often at risk to their own physical and mental well-being, and the enthusiasm and professionalism with which they provide this vital care, day in and day out, is a testimony to their character, generosity and energy.
2020 is also the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth. Under normal circumstances this would be reason for a huge celebration, to thank our nurses and contemplate the sheer critical magnitude of their contribution to our well-being. This year and in response to the pandemic, we stand united with nurses everywhere to say thank you with all our hearts for caring for us, often when we are at our most vulnerable.
At The London Clinic, we are constantly overwhelmed by the number of patients who take the time to let us know just how special our nurses are; how grateful they are for the individually tailored care and expertise they provide throughout their patient journey, from diagnosis, through treatment, to getting them well and ready to go home.
Even during these particularly challenging times, the joie de vivre, mutual support and solidarity is still very much evident across The London Clinic. Our nurses keep us all connected and keep us all going – they make us better. They are the backbone of the healthcare profession and, quite simply, we would be lost without them.
Theresa Murphy, our Matron, said:
“To all The London Clinic nurses and Health Care Assistants on International Nurses Day 2020, in this, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it is fair to say that across the globe, our profession has stood up in the face of the pandemic and risen to every challenge.
"I am so very proud of the dedication, care and compassion that you each provide to every patient in our hospital and I am equally proud of how you have bonded together in this difficult time. I am mindful of a quote from Florence Nightingale that reminds me of our London Clinic nursing community, which is: ‘I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought to all be distilled into actions, which bring results."
“As a community, you are brave and brilliant and it is my privilege to be your Matron in 2020.”
On Tuesday 12 May please join us and our colleagues across the globe, in expressing our deepest gratitude and respect for our wonderful nurses.
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