Help us ‘Shine a Light’ on our brilliant nurses this International Nurses Day

The work and plight of nurses has been well documented during the pandemic. Many of us have had a very real connection with nurses recently and people want to be able to do something to show their gratitude and support.  International Nurses Day gives us this opportunity.

The day also marks on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who founded modern nursing and pioneered infection control, but is also famous for her lamp.

Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, said: “International Day of the Nurse is particularly special this year not just because we mark the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, but because of the extraordinary work all those who have followed in her footsteps are doing in the fight against coronavirus.

“I want to thank each and every one of our incredible nurses who are on the frontline in the battle against the greatest health emergency in NHS history. Their professionalism and skills are helping to save and rebuild countless lives.

“It is a challenging but hugely rewarding career and I would urge anyone inspired by their example to sign up to join us and become a nurse.

“I know how much the public’s support has buoyed my colleagues during this testing time. It would mean a great deal if people once again showed their gratitude by shining a light for nurses”.


Here's how you can get involved:


Shine a light:

Light is a visible symbol of welcome, hope and warmth. We are asking people to Shine a Light for our brilliant nurses, to show their thanks and to participate in IND2020 celebration.

Simply put a light, or a drawing of a light, in your window at 8:30pm to show your support for our wonderful workforce.



Share your stories:

Do you know an incredible nurse or nursing team?

We would love to hear your stories!

Share them on social media and join the conversation by using the hashtag, '#ThankYouNurses'




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