Senior managers at the City Health Care Partnership in Yorkshire donned pinnys and made tea for their nursing staff to celebrate their hard work on International Nurses Day on Thursday.
Managers, including deputy director of services and professions Lynda Whincup (pictured with teapot), brewed up at the partnership’s nursing bases in the Hull and East Riding area.
We should all take a moment to show our nurses just how much we value them
She said: “Our nurses are at the forefront of delivery of care for patients, clients and families, and we feel it’s really important to recognise this.”
Meanwhile Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust celebrated the day by unveiling the winning design for its new nursing and midwifery badge, which will be awarded to top performing nurses.
Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust highlighted stories about some of its 900-plus nurses, including modern matron John Mallett who is part of a nursing dynasty that includes his wife, brother and both parents.
Elsewhere, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde celebrated the day by launching an online documentary charting how nursing has evolved over the past 60 years in the area.
At many places across the country, including NHS Stoke on Trent and Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, nurses manned information stands to raise public awareness of the role of modern nursing at their organisations.
The Royal College of Nursing said thousands of people had signed a pledge in support of nurses on the college’s Nurses Day website, including prime minister David Cameron.
Mr Cameron, his deputy Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband also recorded video messages pledging their support for nursing. In his video the prime minister said: “We should all take a moment to show our nurses just how much we value them.”
RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter said: “I am very pleased that in spite of all that is going on in the NHS at the moment, political leaders and MPs of all persuasions have made time to recognise the value of nursing.”
But he said: “Nurses are holding the NHS together at the moment. The task of caring for people at difficult times in their lives is uniquely challenging and rewarding. However, goodwill and commitment is not always enough.”
Mr Carter visited St Mary’s Hospital in London to mark Nurses Day, where he was joined by public health minister and former district nurse Anne Milton. They attended an engagement session with 25 nurses to hear their views on the proposed health reforms, as part of the government’s listening exercise.
Florence Nightingale scholar Joanne McCormack carried the lamp this year at the annual service to commemorate the life of Florence Nightingale in Westminster Abbey. She was escorted by student nurses from Queen’s and Ulster Universities, Belfast, and the Open University.
The nurses’ roll of honour – which records the names of British nurses who have died in conflict since the start of World War II – was carried by Corporal Anthony Williams from the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps.