International Nurses Day enables us to recognise and celebrate the skill, knowledge and significant contribution of nurses to the health and care system’ – NHS, 2018

International Nurses Day takes place on the 12th May every year throughout the world. Although there is only one day reserved for official recognition, it goes without saying that every single day we value the vital role our health care professionals play in our lives, even more so during the unprecedented times of the current pandemic. Nurses deliver consistent, quality care, working hard throughout public holidays and through the night. We all deeply appreciate the professional leadership, expert care and compassion that nurses provide to their patients and their families, communities, and the entire health care system.

The annual event, which was first marked in 1965, was created by the International Council of Nurses to mark the hard work of nursing staff around the world.

Since January 1974, the global celebrations are traditionally held on May 12. This is to mark the anniversary of the birth of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. Each year in the UK, a service is held in Westminster Abbey in London.

It is also extra important as the world battles to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Nurses around the world have been vital to treating the sick and lifting spirits during the pandemic.

In the UK we show our gratitude to the wider NHS with Clap for Carers, every Thursday evening at 8pm.

We want to express the biggest thank you to our health care professionals, from all at Hellenia.