Salisbury District Hospital marks International Nurses Day

Salisbury District Hospital marks International Nurses Day

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:56am 12th May 2020. (Updated at 10:46am 12th May 2020)

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They're taking over the Spire FM airwaves for the day to tell us what they love about their profession.

International Nurses Day (Tuesday 12th May) is aimed at highlighting the work of hospital staff, but also encourage others to consider nursing as a career.

2020's event also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of pioneer Florence Nightingale.

Salisbury District Hospital Main Entrance SDH May 2020 (Mike Draper) (9)
The Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust is marking International Nurses Day but say the current situation might make things a little different this year

Director of Nursing at the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Lorna Wilkinson, says the day's really important to them: 


We're celebrating the day by giving nurses from across Salisbury District Hospital the chance to tell us what they love about their work.

They'll also be choosing some of the songs we play throughout the day.

Here's a taster of some the people we'll be featuring: 


NHS England is also asking us to join them in celebrating International Nurses Day today.

They've reminded us that Florence Nightingale was famous for her pioneering work in infection control and investing modern nursing, but also for her lamp.

Florence 200

We're being asked to 'shine a light' from our windows at 8.30pm tonight to show appreciation for nurses everywhere, particularly during a really pressured time for them.

Nurses have been on the frontline of the Covid-19 outbreak over the last few months, with thousands of retired staff returning to work while the crisis is ongoing.

Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, said: 

"International Day of the Nurse is particularly special this year not just because we mark the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, but because of the extraordinary work all those who have followed in her footsteps are doing in the fight against coronavirus.

"I want to thank each and every one of our incredible nurses who are on the frontline in the battle against the greatest health emergency in NHS history. Their professionalism and skills are helping to save and rebuild countless lives.

"It is a challenging but hugely rewarding career and I would urge anyone inspired by their example to sign up to join us and become a nurse.

"I know how much the public's support has buoyed my colleagues during this testing time. It would mean a great deal if people once again showed their gratitude by shining a light for nurses this Tuesday."

Virtual Visiting at Salisbury District Hospital
Nurses at Salisbury District Hospital have been playing a pivotal role in fight against coronavirus

To mark the occasion, an image of Florence Nightingale will also be projected onto St Thomas's Hospital in London, where she worked for a time.

That will also be shown at the British Embassy in Rome and at the Italian Federation of Nurses.

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