Published on: Tuesday 05 May 2020 at 21:01
t Clare Hospice marks International Nurses’ Day 2020
West Essex and East Hertfordshire charity, St Clare Hospice, is marking International Nurses’ Day on Tuesday 12th May 2020.
The globally recognised day is celebrated every year on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the founder of modern nursing, as a tribute to the work that nurses do year-round. This year marks 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, and to celebrate this the World Health Organisation has named 2020 the International Year of the Nurse.
St Clare currently employs a total of 60 nurses and nursing assistants, with roles in their Inpatient Unit, Day Therapy service, Hospice at Home and Community Palliative Care teams. Altogether, St Clare nurses work a total of approximately 100,000 hours per year caring for patients both at the Hospice itself and in people’s own homes – providing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to patients and their families.
A message from our Director of Patient Care
Carolanne Brannan, St Clare Hospice’s Director of Patient Care, who is also a Registered Nurse herself, said: “Celebrating International Nurses’ Day is a wonderful way to honour the invaluable work that our nurses do here at St Clare each and every day. Now, more than ever, we can all see what a valuable and important role nurses play in our health care system. This year, as nurses around the world continue to care for patients on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic, they deserve to be recognised more than ever before.
“I have personally been blown away by the courage, fortitude and compassion that all our nursing teams have displayed throughout the Covid situation – always continuing to place the needs of their patients at the forefront of everything they do, and risking their own health to continue providing outstanding care to our patients at the end of their lives.
“Nurses across the globe deserve the recognition and praise that International Nurses’ Day offers. Although it is such a rewarding role, it does, of course, present its own challenges that are tough to deal with – and none more so than what they have experienced so far this year.
“Nurses are out there every day, changing lives and looking after people who need care and support. This year, during the International Year of the Nurse, and as we face this global pandemic, we should all take a moment or two to think about our gratitude for a nurse who has helped us, or one of our loved ones.”
Celebrate our nurses!
St Clare Hospice is marking this year’s International Nurses’ Day on social media and is encouraging supporters to celebrate a nurse who has made a difference to them by using the hashtag #IND2020
The Hospice plans to host a thank you celebration for their nursing teams to mark the International Year of the Nurse later in the year, following government advice about when it is safe to do so.