Recognising our nurses with a special thank you message on International Nurses’ Day

Head of Nursing for LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare, Sarah Rickels, shares her thoughts on International Nurses’ Day 2020

The 12th May marks the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and what is now recognised as International Nurses’ Day in her memory. 2020 not only signifies her 200th anniversary but also the year the World Health Organisation designated as Year of the Nurse and Midwife. What a year it has been for the profession so far – albeit not the one we had planned!

Just a few months ago we were busy talking about all the ways in which we wanted to shine a light on our LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare and MASTA nurses and their contribution to healthcare this year. Now, just months later, our nurses, like other healthcare professionals across this country, are facing the biggest challenge of their professional careers so far.

At LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare, I have been immensely proud of the professionalism and commitment that our nursing team has shown during these challenging times. It’s been more important than ever to keep patients out of hospital and we’ve have had to rapidly adapt and change the way in which we do things, in both our personal and professional lives, to continue providing care to those that need it most. At a time when vulnerable patients are feeling anxious, I want to thank our nurses for their compassion, commitment and dedication.

At the start of this year, I hoped that Year of the Nurse and Midwife would help to raise awareness of what our nurses do, highlight some of the challenges they face and most importantly recognise their passion and patient-centred approach.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the profile of nursing in the UK has most definitely risen, highlighting the positive impact nurses have on the lives of their patients and their families every day. In recent weeks I have received so much positive feedback regarding the continued support and care that our nursing teams provide. During times like these, it is important to remember this and remind ourselves as to why we do what we do.

We have also seen some fantastic innovation during recent months. The impact of COVID-19 has inspired some great teamwork and forced us to work quickly to identify what we can do to adapt. I hope this spirit will remain and thrive with us well beyond the end of this pandemic.

Unfortunately, due to current restrictions we can’t celebrate the Year of the Nurse and Midwife how we had planned. We still have some difficult times ahead of us, but I hope by continuing to support each other and our patients we will get through this and celebrate together in the not too distant future.

To end, I wanted to share a film that we prepared to say thank you to our nurses and to help make them feel proud about what they do every day for our patients.