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Global development and heroes of nursing are themes of 2017 international nurses' day

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How nurses can support global sustainable development and celebrating members of the profession who have made a positive impact on them individually are the two key themes selected for this year’s International Nurses’ Day due to celebrated later this week.

International Nurses’ Day 2017 will be celebrated around the world on Friday 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

“We are showcasing a collection of positive nursing stories”

Alison Geeson

The official theme chosen by the International Council of Nurses is on how nursing can help achieve the United Nations’ 17 goals on global sustainable development and is titled A voice to lead – Achieving sustainable development goals.

Meanwhile, the Royal College of Nursing’s theme is that nurses are “heroes” and is calling on its members to tell them about the person who inspired them to enter the profession.

Nurses from around the country have already begun to reveal how they plan to celebrate the day.

At the University of Wolverhampton, students and graduates will share their experiences at a special event to celebrate the nursing profession on Thursday evening.

“Thirty five years later I am still proud to call myself a nurse”

Pippa Rose

They will include Ben Bullows who will speak about his experiences of completing a placement in Norway, and Charlotte Crellin, who will talk about making the transition from student to practice nurse in a GP surgery. Michael Tomlinson, winner of the national Nursing Times award for Mentor of the Year 2016, will also be part of a full programme of activities on the day.

Organiser Alison Geeson, the university’s senior lecturer in mental health nursing, said: “It is a privilege to organise a celebration of all that is good about nurses and the nursing profession. We are showcasing a collection of positive nursing stories.”

South Sefton CCG and Southport and Formby CCG

Global development and heroes themes of 2017 nurses’ day

Pippa Rose

Meanwhile, from today, West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group and South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group will be sharing nursing stories across social media and using the national awareness day hashtag #nurseheroes.

Each day, a different nurse, from a different care setting, will share their motivations for being a nurse and their passion to work in this role. They include Pippa Rose, a practice nurse lead at South Sefton CCG and Southport and Formby CCG, who is celebrating 35 years of service as a nurse this year.

She said: “I first considered nursing as a career choice after my Mum was very ill at home and I remember looking out of the window waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

“There was nothing I could do other than wait, and I think this planted the seed that I could learn what to do, so as not to be in the same situation again,” she said. “Thirty five years later I am still proud to call myself a nurse.”

“It is great to see our nurses being celebrated across the week in this way”

Claire Heneghan

Claire Heneghan, chief nurse at West Lancashire CCG, said: “The work of my fellow nurses cannot be overlooked, from across the healthcare settings, be it working in hospital, a GP practice, walk-in centre or offering care within a home care setting. Nurses offer a crucial role for people, in times of need.

“It is great to see our nurses being celebrated across the week in this way and hopefully our #nurseheroes across social media will help to motivate and inspire our next generation of nurses to come through,” she said.

Tell Nursing Times what you are planning on doing to mark the day and please send us any photos on the day itself, and we will hopefully highlight them on our website.

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