Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust will be urging everyone to ‘shine a light for our nurses’ tomorrow, Tuesday 12 May, when we mark International Nurses’ Day, to highlight the exceptional work nurses are doing during the coronavirus pandemic.
The day also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who founded modern nursing and pioneered infection control, but is also famous for her lamp.
We’re asking people to make North Devon blue – wear something blue if they don’t wear a uniform, light up their house blue, put something blue in their windows – anything to mark the occasion. People will be asked to share their blue pictures with the hashtag #lightupforthenhs
The Albert Clock in Barnstaple and Damien Hurst’s Verity sculpture in Ilfracombe will be lit up in blue during the evening, while at North Devon District Hospital, a tree will be planted to act as a permanent reminder of the day.
You can also join in with national celebrations by shining a light from your window at 8:30pm on Tuesday to mark the day and show your appreciation for all that nurses are doing to save and rebuild the lives of patients with coronavirus.
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.”
You can follow International Nurses’ Day on Twitter at @ndht or our Facebook page