At last – hard-working Nurses to get recognition.

Kensington Palace has announced The Duchess of Cambridge will visit St Thomas’ Hospital on Tuesday 27th February to officially launch @NursingNow2020, a campaign to raise the profile and status
of nursing worldwide. (sic)”.
Nursing Now is a world-wide campaign, so it’s fitting it launches at St. Thomas’, the hospital where Florence Nightingale established her school of nursing.

The Duchess will be backed by officials from WHO (World Health Organisation) and the ICN (International Council of Nurses), to back up the message that nurses are vitally important across the world.  We value our nurses, but in some countries it can be a hazardous and difficult profession.  As a polio survivor, I am very conscious that those who administer vaccinations face death, and many are working with basic equipment.
Florence Nightingale
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I first realised how important she was to nurses all over the world, when as a teenager I was invited with my parents to attend the graduation ceremony for Turkish Nurses at the old Scutari Hospital, where she nursed.  At the ceremony all the nurses came in carrying little lamps – as a symbol of this wonderful woman.
Today, there is a fascinating museum at St. Thomas’ Hospital, which tells her story, and that of other important nurses.
What we can do to acknowledge importance of Nurses

The campaign is a nice thought.  it won’t put any money in the bank, but at least it shows someone in authority appreciates nurses.

However, what’s the betting all the ‘Executives’, Administrators and Weasel Hunt will be out in force to grab a slice of the publicity? Hope the nurses manage to push them aside!

Nursing Now will run to the end of 2020 – the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and a year when nurses will be celebrated worldwide. The campaign aims to improve perceptions of nurses, enhance their influence and maximise their contributions to ensuring that everyone everywhere has access to health and healthcare.

If you’re committed to giving nurses more recognition, investment and influence, sign up to support the campaign.

How to say Thank You  

I asked one Chief Nurse what their nurses appreciated, and their office said “nurses like to receive positive feedback when it’s due and that is always appreciated by them”.  And a card that can be put up for all to see is a good start.

But when you think you want to do more, usually this seems to be a box of chocolates;  but when so many nurses are on diets, perhaps something else ….?

One friend gave this some thought, and had checked with the Ward Sister that she had everyone’s name, then went on Amazon and got everyone a personal mug with their name and “best Nurse in the World”, and didn’t forget one for “Best Cleaner in the World”.

Or give Sister a contribution to the Nurses’ fund – there is always one that goes towards the Christmas party or similar.


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