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How are you celebrating this week's International Nurses Day?


This Sunday the world will be celebrating International Nurses Day - what will you be doing to celeberate?

International Nurses Day recognises the hard work of nurses around the world.

Today the Florence Nightingale Foundation mark the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale with a Commemoration Service at Westminster Abbey. 

You can share your celebratory pictures with us on twitter by tweeting us @NursingTimes or emailing them to us too.

Are you doing anything to celebrate International Nurses Day? What does being a nurse mean to you?

Let us know!


Readers' comments (9)

  • work without a break,

    leave 30-90 mins late with no time-owing/in lieu/overtime

    get moaned at for not doing all my work from my boss (9 hrs work into 7.5 doesn't go)

    get moaned at behind my back from HCA's for not doing 1/2 their work for them...

    cos i'm doing IV Abx for (some) patients who think they are at BUPA and they are the only one's i have to serve

    get punched/scratched/kicked by "pleasantly confused" patient

    keep smiling & radiating unconditional +ve regard despite hellish school run/traffic/argue with husband

    go home and have a bottle of cheap wine whilst feeling guilty for not living health promotion/doing yoga/housework/being sex goddess/nurse study etc...

    look at bills, paycheck, my life... cry... look for another career and plan to turn my life around day by day to include more happiness and a better work/life balance

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  • many areas of the world, maybe even the greater part of it, are not even aware of it. what is there to celebrate? surely one celebrates one's leisure time and public holidays, not one's job even though it does take up more of one's time and one's life than all the rest.

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  • could not agree more than with the first comment.................

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  • Yes I agree wholeheartedly with first comment too...

    .....added to this I will go to work this evening in out of hours seeing people that don't need to be seen, sent there by 111 and watch the slow disintegration of our NHS; as more and more telephone operators take the place of qualified nurses and turn our primary care into a 24/7 convenience.

    We now have such a lack of respect from the media that I doubt whether any of them could give a monkeys to the body of people (ie us, nurses,) who are now held as scapegoats and blamed for the decline in NHS standards.

    The only thing I would add to the list of the first comment is....,,,FEEL ANGRY

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  • Anonymous | 9-May-2013 10:34 am
    Anonymous | 9-May-2013 11:37 am
    Anonymous | 9-May-2013 2:50 pm

    Perhaps nursing ain't for you then?!

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  • I will be lying upside down, behind the tele as a homage to my drunken days as a student nurse, sharing a flat with my mates and having the time of my life. I have bloody loved being a nurse these last 30 years.....hic!

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  • Michelle Second

    I agree you either love nursing r you in the wrong job. We clebrated by joining the nurses in a long line between two hospitals to show unity of nurses. Thats what we need to do be more united to a professional body.

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  • i wrote the 1st comment... & in response to 9th may 11:30 pm you are right, and i am considering different careers/a different ward as i re-create my life. unfortunately i feel like i do because of the -ve aspects of the job which have steadily outweighed the +ve's in the past 2 years leaving me bitter towards the idea of celebrating my current situation.
    There are many fabulous reasons i became a nurse and remain a nurse, but perhaps nursing is no longer for me.
    I stand by my comments and although realise they are -ve and unbalanced, they are true and my comment was venting my response to the title of this article.
    unfortunately i know i am not alone and my thoughts are with the other nurses in similar or worse situations whose nursing spirit (& therefore spirits) have been broken.

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  • Anonymous | 9-May-2013 11:30 pm

    from Anonymous | 9-May-2013 10:43 am

    please count me off your list. I have enjoyed a fantastic nursing career in Europe, after excellent training in a London teaching hospital, with excellent working conditions and an enjoyable life style which many could only dream of and come from a family with a long tradition of service in medicine and nursing.

    Is just that there are also other things to enjoy in life and sadly nurses' day, international as it is supposed to be,doesn't have the same significance everywhere and isn't recognised and celebrated all over the world as it is in England and one also moves on and has other priorities. but I am still very grateful for the opportunities my career, employers and colleagues and international patients offered me and all I learnt about many different cultures both here and in the UK including the east end of London and my home town.

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