This week, between 23rd and 29th November, we are celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife

We had many plans throughout the year to celebrate the contribution that Nurses make to people’s lives, but these were not to be as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We did not want to forget this special year though, which is why we are raising awareness on social media this week to celebrate the part that nursing plays in the hospice, and to say thank you for the commitment and dedication of our Nurses and wider Clinical team during this extraordinary year.

Our Clinical Services Director, Colin Twomey, has kindly shared why the Year of the Nurse and Midwife is so important and the relevance of the colour blue, which we will all be wearing on Friday 27th in support. 

'2020 was dedicated as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, seen by many as one of the founders of modern nursing. There were many plans throughout the year to celebrate, including a ‘wear blue to say thank you’ day on the 12th May (Florence Nightingale’s birth date) and lighting buildings up in blue. Sadly these plans were not to be as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded.

'Back in May I shared a short video with you about my thoughts on nursing in this year of turbulence and uncertainty (which you can watch here).

'At St Wilfrid’s, a small focus group came together last year to agree on a new uniform for our teams. The outcome was a range of uniforms chiefly based on a blue palette. Subsequently, the Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May, called for a national uniform to help patients and relatives easily identify who is who amongst Clinical teams; the proposal was a blue theme – we were ahead of the curve! We are still working on getting the new uniforms so watch this space. 

'It is so important to acknowledge that the compassionate care we give to our patients and families results from people coming together from different professional roles. St Wilfrid’s Hospice excels at multidisciplinary team working. I hope you will join me to celebrate the part that nursing plays in our team and to say a huge thank you for their commitment and dedication during this extraordinary year. 

'One way we can rekindle some of our plans is to mark this with the original ‘wear blue to say thank you’ day on Friday 27th and we would love for you to join us.' 

Join us on our social media pages this week as we share stories and messages from our Nurses and also on our Community group page on Facebook to share your thoughts, thanks and memories.