CCG backs public call to help the NHS ‘shine a light’ for our nurses

  • 11 May 2020


Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG is joining nursing leaders across the country in asking the public to ‘shine a light’ to mark International Nurses Day today (12 May).

The day recognises the extraordinary work that nurses are doing in the fight against coronavirus and marks on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who founded modern nursing and pioneered infection control, but is also famous for her lamp.

2020 has been made International Year of the Nurse to mark the bicentenary of Florence’s birth.

The CCG is joining senior nursing leaders across the country in urging people to shine a light from their window at 8:30pm today (12 May) to mark the day and show their appreciation for all that nurses are doing to save and rebuild the lives of patients with coronavirus.

Thousands of former nurses have come out of retirement to help the NHS with the greatest health emergency in its history, and thousands more students have done their bit in the battle against Covid-19 through choosing to take up extended clinical placements.

To mark International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary, an image of her and a message of thanks will be projected on to her place of work, St Thomas’s Hospital, from the Houses of Parliament.

It will also be projected onto the British Embassy in Rome and the Italian Federation of Nurses between 9pm and 11pm.

Rosi Shepherd, Director of Nursing and Quality at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG, said:

“It’s important that we take opportunities like International Day of the Nurse to celebrate the contribution that nurses make to our communities and recognise the essential role our highly skilled nurses play in all health and care settings, especially during this particularly challenging time.

“I encourage everyone to take the time to show their appreciation for our local nurses, both past and present, by joining this event this evening.”

Nursing has changed dramatically since Florence Nightingale founded the first nursing school in London – nurses are not only on hospital wards, they are out in the community, care homes, academia, running hospitals and developing policy.

The modern nursing challenge is to deliver consistent and improving high quality care and they are essential to meet the challenge of improving care, reducing inequalities and using health and care resources wisely.

Nurses have never been more needed. If you're interested in joining our team, find out more