‘We were supported by the warmest, most vigilant and understanding nursing staff; understanding not only of Emma’s situation, but of what we, as a family, were going through.
‘No amount of words can sum up the thanks we have for the nurses at Scarborough ICU. Their skill, compassion and dedication brought Emma and Ellie back to us and guided us through the most difficult period of our lives.’ John Haxby, whose daughter Emma was placed in a protective coma before the birth of her daughter Ellie, is just one of many who have thanked the nursing profession as part of International Nurses’ Day.
The celebration of nursing is held on 12 May each year, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. The RCN urged patients to send messages of thanks to nurses, using the hashtag #thankanurse. It has also produced a short film of messages from patients to nurses to coincide with the day. The organisation hosted a special ceremony at its headquarters in Cavendish Square, London, to commemorate the day.
‘Nurses’ Day is one of my favourite days of the year, as it gives everyone the chance to celebrate the thousands of dedicated nurses from all over the world,’ said Janet Davies, chief executive of the RCN. ‘Nurses have made a great contribution to society and so it would be wonderful for everyone to show their thanks to all those nurses who have touched their lives. ’
‘Nurses care for our loved ones at some of the most difficult times of their lives. Let’s celebrate them!’ tweeted Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary.
The Florence Nightingale Foundation hosted a service at Westminster Abbey on 11 May to honour the life and achievements of the organisation’s namesake, who is regarded as the mother of modern nursing.