Today marks Nurses’ Day, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday and a worldwide celebration of all those fabulous nurses out there.
It’s a chance to recognise the difference nurses are making around the world and say thank you for their care, courage and compassion.
We all chose to study nursing for our own personal reasons and throughout the course we will each have our own completely unique experience – but I love to think that at the end, we’ll join a pretty special international community of nurses. That’s definitely something to be proud of!
The theme this year is ‘Improving health systems’ resilience’, which seems appropriate; it feels like the NHS has been in the news non-stop this year – A&E waiting times, the junior doctors strikes and of course cuts to student nurse bursaries. There’s no doubt that our health service is under pressure, but as nurses we can play a vital role in strengthening the NHS. It’s easy to feel like we are only a tiny part of a very big, complex machine – but we can all make a positive change and together we’re unstoppable.