I want to wish every nurse at both The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust a happy International Nurses’ Day.
The International Council of Nurses’ theme for this year’s Nurses’ Day is ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health’.
Reflecting on the last two years, the importance of global healthcare and nursing leadership has never been more important.
The challenges we all face in caring throughout the pandemic and in recovery have never been faced by this generation of nurses.
Our nursing workforce is drawn from all over the world and embracing our diverse family of nurses and the value we bring to supporting one another and the communities we care for is paramount.
We celebrate their expertise, their knowledge and skills, as well as learning about their experiences and increasing the diversity of our workforce.
We should also reflect on the importance of nursing and the value we bring to the communities in which we work, because it is also a time to celebrate the impact we have in healthcare and the vital roles we provide.
It is time to look after one another and recognise what a great job you all do.
I’m also encouraging our nurses to share their stories as part of the #HereFor Life campaign that launched today by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
It’s about nurses being proud of their contribution, highlighting what they do and the services they offer, and inspiring others to join this fulfilling profession.
It helps local communities to understand the breadth and diversity of nursing and midwifery roles, raises awareness of opportunities and how people can get into careers in nursing and midwifery.
Please tag us on social media and tell us about your role, and tell us a bit about why you love being a nurse. Make sure you include the #HereForLife hashtag as well.
Across social media and our websites today, we’re showcasing the professionalism, knowledge and expertise of our nurses.
To those who are or thinking about making a lifelong commitment to nursing – come and join us!
See details on the Trusts’ websites or via the health careers page.
I want to finish by saying thank you. Thank you for your dedication, your care and your compassion, which inspires me every day.
Please take a few moments today to reflect on all you have achieved and be very proud of what you have done.
Enjoy your day.