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Profession encouraged to share experiences for nurses day

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Nurses are being encouraged to send in stories about their love for the nursing profession as part of a new online campaign to celebrate this year’s International Nurses Day.

Leading up to the annual event on 12 May, the Royal College of Nursing is calling on patients, their friends and families, as well as nurses themselves, to show support for nurses and nursing.

The website is intended to become a place to share stories about nursing and midwifery. It also includes information about events on 12 May and free downloads.

RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter said: “Nurses play a key role in the fabric of society and of course, many are the lynchpin that holds the NHS together.

“Everyone has a story of where nursing care has made a huge difference to their life or the lives of loved ones. We’re asking the public to share these on our dedicated website.

“We’re also asking nurses themselves to tell us why they love their job and what makes them proud to be part of the nursing profession.”

The website also features a video of Sarah Brown, wife of the former prime minister and co-chair of the Maternal Mortality Campaign, who speaks on the website of her support for the profession.

In the video, she says: “A big thank you to all nurses, the nurses all around this country, the nurses who are there when new life comes into the world and are there to hold your hand when you depart – and at all the stages along the way with the ups and downs of life.”

The theme of this year’s International Nurses Day, organised by the International Council of Nurses, is “Closing The Gap: Increasing Access and Equity”.

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