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12 MAY 2020 - 10:18 CET

As we approach International Nurses Day, we wanted to share a few updates with you, the Nursing Now groups.

11th May, #RememberHealthHeroes

On Monday 11th May, the eve of International Nurses Day, ICN, WHO and Nursing Now are encouraging people to take part in a moment of reflection to honour the memory of nurses and health workers who have tragically died during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

We hope that as many people as possible from around the world will take part in this global moment of reflection by sharing one of our social media tiles, along with the hashtag, #RememberHealthHeroes. Alternatively, you can share a photo of a lit candle with the hashtag #RememberHealthHeroes to show your respect for the health workers lost to this pandemic.

12th May, Plans for International Nurses Day

To recognise the wonderful work of nurses around the world, and remind politicians of the urgent investment and support needed within the nursing profession, Nursing Now has created a film that features high-level global health stakeholders including Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Elizabeth Iro and Professor Sheila Tlou. Nursing Now Ambassador, Emilia Clarke, and Nursing Now Champion Stephen McGann also feature in this film and we hope that their global following will help us to spread our messages far and wide. 

On International Nurses Day we will launch a dedicated webpage where you will be able to access the film, blogs and social media resources. Among these resources will be social media tiles including messages of support from global nurse leaders as well as suggested social media messages to share on the day, and throughout the week. We hope you will help us in sharing these important messages.

We recognise that many of your planned events for the day may have been curtailed due to the pandemic but let us know what you are doing and join us in celebrating the day on social media using our resources and #MyStoryNurses2020 or #ThanksHealthHeroes.

We also hope to have a special message from our Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. Stay tuned for more news on this in the coming days.

Extension of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

We expect to hear confirmation soon from the World Health Organization that the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife will be extended into 2021. Many of the planned events to celebrate nursing and to promote nursing as a great career have had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This extension will allow us to make an even stronger case to governments to invest in nursing. 

Potential extension of Nursing Now & the Nightingale Challenge

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the many plans to mark the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife that have had to be postponed, we hope to confirm the extension of the Nursing Now campaign and the Nightingale Challenge in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates!

With very best wishes from,

Nursing Now
   Nursing Now is facilitating the global sharing of support for the nursing and midwifery communities by launching its Poetry Portal where people can share expressions of thanks, support, share emotions and come together through the medium of art.

It is well known that nursing is an art as well as a science, yet there is less of an emphasis or perhaps an understanding of the way that art itself can be used to help nurses and midwives to cope and make sense of the often traumatic experiences they must endure. An excellent and accessible medium for this is poetry. 

“Poetry is a vehicle for the expression of intense human encounters arising from holistic nursing practice. Writing poetry is a way to develop and communicate the esthetic knowledge of the discipline. The process of writing poetry about nursing experiences provides the nurse with a method of coping and a means of personal growth. Sharing poetry about nursing affirms other nurses and educates those outside the discipline regarding the richness and complexity of human care situations and nursing practice.” (Birx EC. The poetry of nursing. Clin Nurse Spec 1994;8:293–5.)

We are living through extraordinary times and nurses and midwives are facing unprecedented challenges. It is paramount that frontline health workers are encouraged to share their emotions, as well as their experiences as a way to process the often traumatic situations they are faced with on a daily basis.

To read poems or share your own, click here.

For some inspiration:

A reading by nurse and poet Molly Case of her poem ‘Nursing the Nation’

A poem about nursing during the American civil war, published in 1866

You Clap for Me Now: the coronavirus poem on racism and immigration for healthcare workers in Britain

If you have anything you would like to be added to the resources section of the poetry portal then please do let us know at 


Nursing Now is a programme

of the Burdett Trust for Nursing

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