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Birmingham trust’s chief nurse chosen to carry Nightingale lamp

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Sam Foster, chief nurse at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, has been invited to carry the ceremonial lamp at Westminster Abbey next week to celebrate the life of Florence Nightingale. 

Ms Foster and an escort of nursing colleagues will play the leading role in the annual service to pay tribute to Florence Nightingale and celebrate the dedication and professionalism of today’s nurses.

“I am delighted to be selected to play such a key role on the 50th anniversary of this important service”

Sam Foster

Representing the transfer of knowledge from one nurse to another, the lamp will be taken from the Florence Nightingale Chapel and escorted by a procession of nurses to the dean of Westminster who will place it on the abbey’s high altar.

This year’s service, on Wednesday 6 May, represents the 50th anniversary of the event, which is organised by the Florence Nightingale Foundation.  

Ms Foster qualified as a general nurse in 1993 and spent her initial career working in general medicine, before moving into critical care.

She said: “I am delighted to be selected to play such a key role on the 50th anniversary of this important service that celebrates the nursing profession.

“I’m looking forward to representing the trust and to meeting colleagues from across the country from different backgrounds,” she said. “I’m sure it will be a proud day for me.”

The service will be taking place a few days before 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and International Nurses Day

Heart of England will also be marking Nurses’ Day by recognising 20 nurses nominated for going the extra mile to provide a high standard of nursing. In addition, all of the trust’s nurses will receive tea and cake to thank them for their commitment and hard work.


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