I hope that every day you are #proud2nurse. Our new campaign aims to restore pride in a profession that should always be proud of what it achieves.
We think it’s time to focus on what nurses - and so many nurses - do well. It’s time to shout out loud about how proud you are of the job you do every day.
What makes nursing special is its breadth and depth. The work of a nurse touches every service user and every patient. From nurses who walk the corridors of Whitehall to those who walk the corridors of an acute hospital, all nurses affect patient care.
That diversity can be a problem, but shouldn’t nurses celebrate their mighty bandwidth? They know care from the policy-making boardroom through to the hand that helps a patient to drink.
Sometimes nurses don’t protest enough when the media and the public perpetrate myths about the profession. So many people still think that nursing is a kind word or the straightening of a bedsheet and that nurses are no more than glorified handmaidens to doctors.
That belies a complex clinical knowledge. It belies the training nurses do, and their commitment to continue to learn.
Nurses have far more patient contact than any other health professional, and more insight into a patient’s psychological condition, social situation and wellbeing. If you really want to know how a patient or service user is feeling, you’d better ask a nurse.
Nurses’ innovations at the Nursing Times Awards are often breathtaking and the initiatives we see each week in the pages of the magazine and on the website continue to transform a profession.
In my four years as editor of Nursing Times, I’ve been humbled, excited, staggered and impressed by the commitment and talent nurses show in myriad roles. I’ve been proud to know nurses, and the team are proud to produce your professional publication.
So we want all nurses - wherever you are - to tell us why you’re #proud2nurse. Whether you work in a prison, a school, people’s homes, a care home, a secure unit or an acute hospital, in the private sector or the NHS - let’s get together and celebrate what nurses have in common - pride in nursing, pride in a job done well.
Tweet us your pictures, videos and comments about why you’re #proud2nurse using the hashtag or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can download a sign from nursingtimes.net/proud2nurse.
We can’t wait to hear why you’re #proud2nurse.
Jenni Middleton, editor
email@example.com. Follow me on Twitter @nursingtimesed
Visit the #proud2nurse page to find out how you can get involved