Each year we celebrate International Nurses Day to mark the hard work of our nursing staff across East Lancashire. This year, their role could not be more vital as nurses around the globe tackle COVID-19.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the normal rhythms and patterns of nursing at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust have been challenged. For example, in response to the change in demand nurses, who usually work in areas such as surgery and theatres, joined forces with their colleagues on ICU and COVID wards, providing vital support.
Many of our planned celebrations have had to be cancelled due to Coronavirus. However, last night and tonight, we are flooding Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital in traditional blue to show our admiration and gratitude of all the nurses who work tirelessly for our patients in hospital and in the community.
Yesterday Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England asked the public to ‘shine a light’ in recognition of our extraordinary nurses and to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday.
Christine Pearson, Director of Nursing said “I am incredibly proud to be a nurse and to be part of this caring profession. The response of my nursing colleagues to this current situation has deeply impressed me. Many of them have had to take on new roles in different locations and specialities. They have responded quickly to an ever changing environment and each day they have brought dedication, care and compassion to every patient they tend. I want to take this opportunity to thank all nurses, past and present.”