THE Lights were shining bright at hospitals and in homes across the county on Tuesday night as nurses marked International Nurses Day.
The aim of the day, designated long before the coronavirus pandemic struck, was to give an opportunity for everyone to recognise and celebrate the role of nurses in our lives.
To do this the World Health Organisation and nursing leaders around the world was encouraging everyone to take part in shining a light for nurses by placing a light or candle in windows at 8:30pm last night, May 12.
“The role of nurses across the world is even more important than ever before,” said Matthew Hopkins, the chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in an address to staff.
Mr Hopkins, himself a former nurse, added: “Nurses across the globe, across our country, across our county and across our hospitals are facing head on the greatest challenge the NHS has seen in its fantastic history.
“You should all be proud of yourselves and your contribution, not just now but every day of your careers.
“I want to thank you with all my heart for what you are doing for our patients.”
At County Hall, Elaine Carolan, interim director of people at Worcestershire County Council said: “Having worked for more than 25 years as a nurse I have seen first-hand the vital care and support nurses deliver in hospitals, care homes and community services.
“This gives us the opportunity to highlight the critical work of nurses not only in the NHS but also in the thousands of Care settings across the country.”
International Nurses’ Day also marked 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale.