International Nurses Day 2022

Thursday 12 May 2022

Hilary Hopkins, Director of Palliative Care Services

On 12 May, we join our colleagues throughout the world to celebrate International Nurses’ Day. This is an annual event and is timed to coincide with the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth who is credited as being the founder of modern nursing.

This year, the theme of International Nurses’ Day is:

Nurses: A Voice to Lead
Invest in Nursing and Respect Rights to Secure Global Health

It will focus on the need to protect, support and invest in the nursing profession to strengthen health systems across the world. This year highlights the ongoing development of nursing and how the profession will transform the future of healthcare across the island of Jersey.

Whilst we reflect on the past two years, International Nurses’ Day provides us with the opportunity to look ahead as we acknowledge the pressures we face and seek to support each other.

I am incredibly proud of our registered and unregistered nursing professionals at Jersey Hospice Care (JHC) who have continued to provide exemplary care to our patients and their families during hugely challenging times. Despite pressures delivering specialist palliative care across various settings such as the Inpatient Unit, General Hospital and within patients’ homes, nurses have continued to deliver safe effective and quality care supporting our islanders.

Over the past year, I have witnessed first-hand the expertise, flexibility and proactive attitude of nurses responding to COVID-19 and the exceptional daily pressures.

On behalf of JHC, I extend a heartfelt thank you to you all on International Nurses’ Day.