Happy International Nurses Day 2022

Happy Nurses Day to all nurses and midwives from my team and me.

It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed since the last International Nurses Day, but here we are and this year’s theme is ‘A voice to lead’. This is an interesting concept for us to consider and the NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) nursing team have discussed how leadership is a key element of all nurses. This includes those who are training to become a nurse, those at all levels of a nursing career and those in all sectors including nurses working in social care settings.

Nurses in our care homes have led the way in caring for our elderly and most vulnerable residents throughout the last two years and we would like to acknowledge their care, courage, commitment and compassion. The pressure on this part of our workforce was immense and we would like to both acknowledge and congratulate them for the outstanding care and expertise they have delivered.

Henrietta Bottomley, our primary care nurse development lead, would like to acknowledge our practice nurses working in primary care settings, who consistently delivered essential services such as cervical screening and childhood immunisations throughout the pandemic. They too are another Cinderella group of nurses who we are so very proud of.

We would like to give our appreciation to all the nurses who returned to practice over the last two years, who responded to the call to action with typical kindness and compassion and supported the unprecedented effort of the whole nursing community to cope with and work through the pandemic.

To all those nurses who have come through the pandemic and who have endured the last two years with perseverance, care, courage and compassion, we thank you. There are many nurses who are so very tired but yet they still carry on and deliver the high standards of care we all see.

It would be remiss of us not to acknowledge the nurses who we have lost over the last two years too, either to the pandemic and those who have left our profession due to the unprecedented pressure our colleagues were under.

Looking forward, we need to support our nurses to lead us into the future, using our nursing and midwifery code as our guiding light, as Florence Nightingale used her lamps to guide her. We hope to see more nurses coming into the profession from our multi-cultural communities to provide a wide, rich and diverse workforce to take us into the future.

Jacquie Coulton,

Chief Nurse
NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Posted on Thursday 12th May 2022