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International Nurses Day

Today is International Nurses Day and we would like to thank each and every one of our nurses for ensuring their colleagues and residents are safe and well cared for during what has been a difficult and challenging time.

Look out for everyone shining a light from their windows at 8.30pm this evening (12/5) to share their gratitude and support for the care they provide all year round.

To mark the occasion, here is a personal message being shared with our nurses across East Berkshire Surrey Heath and North East Hants and Farnham from our Executive Director of Quality and Nursing for the Frimley Collaborative, Sarah Bellars:-

Good afternoon

I wanted to write to all of the Nurses across the Collaborative to recognise that today, May the 12th is international Nurses Day and to thank you for all you do every day.

International Nurses Day is celebrated on this day every year in recognition of Florence Nightingales birthday - this year marks the 200th anniversary. Most commonly remembered as the Lady with the Lamp for her efforts during the Crimean war. More importantly she is widely accepted to be the founder of modern nursing, putting sanitation, cleanliness and hygiene at the centre of improving health and care. She published ‘notes on nursing’ that gave instruction and established St Thomas’s hospital and the Nightingale school of nursing in 1860 with a prize she was awarded from Queen Victoria. It feels very poignant at this time to be thinking of her and that the emphasis of her work holds true for us now, with the work we are all doing to support the pandemic.

As nurses we have a very special privilege of having the opportunity to touch a life, or a life will touch ours, and we can do this in many different ways. Thank you for all that you do. I wanted to end with a quote from Florence, there were so many good ones I couldn’t choose… so I put 37 below for you to choose which one you identify with most.

  1. “Starting a job and working hard is how to be successful.”
  2. “I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.”
  3. “I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.”
  4. “So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.”
  5. “How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.”
  6. “Never give nor take an excuse.”
  7. “Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore.”
  8. “Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. Far the greatest things grow by God’s law out of the smallest. But to live your life, you must discipline it.”
  9. “To be ‘in charge’ is certainly not only to carry out the proper measures yourself but to see that everyone else does so too.”
  10. “Why do people sit up so late, or, more rarely, get up so early? Not because the day is not long enough, but because they have no time in the day to themselves.”
  11. “By mortifying vanity we do ourselves no good. It is the want of interest in our life which produces it; by filling up that want of interest in our life we can alone remedy it
  12. “Life is a hard fight, a struggle, a wrestling with the principle of evil, hand to hand, foot to foot. Every inch of the way is disputed. The night is given us to take breath, to pray, to drink deep at the fountain of power. The day, to use the strength which has been given us, to go forth to work with it till the evening.”
  13. “Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.”
  14. “The world is put back by the death of every one who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality.”
  15. “Our first journey is to find that special place for us.”
  16. “Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head (not, how can I always do this right thing myself, but) how can I provide for this right thing to be always done?”
  17. “The greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.”
  18. “Averages… seduce us away from minute observation.”
  19. “The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.”
  20. “The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.”
  21. “If a nurse declines to do these kinds of things for her patient, ‘because it is not her business’, I should say that nursing was not her calling.”
  22. “What cruel mistakes are sometimes made by benevolent men and women in matters of business about which they know nothing and think they know a great deal.”
  23. “Wise and humane management of the patient is the best safeguard against infection.”
  24. “If I could give you information of my life, it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do In His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing.”
  25. “A dark house is always an unhealthy house, always an ill-aired house, always a dirty house. Want of light stops growth and promotes scrofula, rickets, etc., among the children. People lose their health in a dark house, and if they get ill, they cannot get well again in it.”
  26. “The object and color in the materials around us actually have a physical effect on us, on how we feel.”
  27. “Never underestimate the healing effects of beauty.”
  28. “Nature alone cures. … what nursing has to do … is to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him. “
  29. “Volumes are now written and spoken upon the effect of the mind upon the body. Much of it is true. But I wish a little more was thought of the effect of the body on the mind.”
  30. “All disease, at some period or other of its course, is more or less a reparative process, not necessarily accompanied with suffering: an effort of nature to remedy a process of poisoning or of decay, which has taken place weeks, months, sometimes years beforehand, unnoticed.”
  31. “There are no specific diseases only specific disease conditions.”
  32. “Do not engage in any paper wars. You will convince nobody and arrive at no satisfaction yourself.”
  33. “To understand God’s thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of his purpose.”
  34. “Mankind must make heaven before we can “go to heaven” (as the phrase is), in this world as in any other.”
  35. “The ‘kingdom of heaven is within,’ indeed, but we must also create one without, because we are intended to act upon our circumstances.”
  36. “A human being does not cease to exist at death. It is change, not destruction, which takes place.”
  37. “Heaven is neither a place nor a time.”

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