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Why we should ‘shine a light’ this International Nurses Day

Today, 12th May is International Nurses Day.  Organised annually by the International Council of Nurses,  it celebrates the contribution that nurses make to societies around the world.  

Not only does the date have a strong significance, being the birthday of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale, but this year, perhaps more than ever before it has special significance.

2020 was designated the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.  This was well before the world began the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.  Now, as we know, nurses, doctors and other medical professionals and carers around the world have been vital to treating the sick and lifting spirits during the pandemic, while also maintaining other essential health services.

Here in the UK we show our gratitude to the wider NHS with Clap for Carers, every Thursday evening at 8pm but today we are also asked to “shine a light” from a window at 8:30pm as a mark of praise and thanks.

‘Nurses are the world’s life-savers. They are risking their own health and too often sacrificing time with their family to help those suffering from COVID-19,” said Robert Mardini, the director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross. “It’s heartening to see many communities praise and thank nurses.

Here at Medichief we wholeheartedly support the work of all healthcare professionals and thank them for what they do today, and every day.

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