On International Nurse’s Day and every day, we recognise and celebrate the invaluable contribution of our nurses, at Jersey Hospice Care, on the Island and globally

A statement for International Nurses’ Day 2021 by Hilary Hopkins, Acting Director of Palliative Care Services

International Nurses’ Day is held each year to coincide with the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.  It is a day on which we celebrate the achievements of the nursing profession and highlight the importance of nurses. 

In the year when we celebrate 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, the worldwide community continues to face the deep impact of COVID-19.  The global healthcare workforcehalf of which comprises the world’s 22 million nurses, has been at the forefront during this challenging time often creating significant innovation to improve health care.  Faced with these challenges, the nursing profession has excelled, highlighting their excellence more than ever and it is entirely appropriate, therefore, that the theme of this year’s International Nurses’ Day is “A Voice To Lead: A vision for future healthcare”. 

The nurses at Hospice have continued to provide outstanding care to our patients and their families, confirming the real and vital contribution they make to the needs of our local community.  Their resilience and great leadership has continually shone through whilst providing to specialist palliative care needs during this extraordinary time. 

For the majority of patients and their families, coming to terms with a life limiting illness whilst navigating a health system and making the decisions necessary to ensure they or their loved one will receive the best care possible is enormously emotionally demanding.  The invaluable contribution of our nurses working tirelessly to help patients with compassion and care during this journey is an essential element of making a challenging time easier. 

Despite the enormous pressures of the pandemic, our nurses have embraced the opportunity to explore new ways of working.  Nursing has played a central role in the redesign of future services delivery as well as continue discussions with our key partners in the delivery of the Jersey Care Model.   

This year, International Nurses’ Day is particularly pertinent to Hospice as it occurs within Dying Matters Week an awareness week that aims to open up conversations around death, dying, and bereavement. This year the focus is on the importance of being #InAGoodPlace to die – physically, emotionally and with the right care in place  about which our team are passionate.  Over the course of this week, nurses and other healthcare professionals at Hospice will be sharing advice on Advance Care Planning and encouraging Islanders to think about the future using the three pillars “place, people and plan” to help Islanders start the conversation with their loved ones. 

At Jersey Hospice Care we are immensely proud of all nurses and the huge levels of resilience and agility demonstrated during the pandemic.  We commend them for their devotion to the care they provide to their patients across the world and honour the global contribution of the nursing profession.