“International Nurses Day provides us with another opportunity to say thank you and pay tribute to all the nurses we know and those we don’t know; the nurses who may have cared for us, or the nurses who will care for us in our lifetime. The nation is in awe of your dedication and bravery.
“We are immensely proud that we are there at the beginning of our nurses’ journeys into what, for many, will be a lifelong passion and career. As current events show, the demands of contemporary healthcare in this country have changed and will continue to do so. This directly influences our programmes at Canterbury Christ Church, to help us remain at the cutting edge of nursing education.
“As Nurse Academics and Educators our contribution to the profession can be seen within the thousands of student nurses we have supported into the profession over the last 31 years, many of whom work in our local hospitals and healthcare settings.
“When you become a nurse, you join a worldwide community of nursing; so today is our opportunity to celebrate this diversity and acknowledge the colleagues we work with across the world; in Europe, Scandinavia, in India and Sri Lanka, in Japan and Vietnam, in Australia and New Zealand. We pay tribute to all nurses across the globe who are united in the fight against Covid-19. Thank you.
“Whilst these turbulent times will pass, todays’ events throw a spotlight on nursing, which we hope will act to inspire those who are motivated to care for others. Perhaps you should consider a career in nursing, so that one day you too can celebrate the outstanding contribution, compassion and resilience that you can bring to our future health service, beyond this crisis.”
"We are continually innovating and developing our programmes to ensure the qualified nursing workforce has vital opportunities to update with the new skills, knowledge and resilience to meet modern healthcare demands, and we commit to continuing this on the celebratory day. "
Debra Towse is Dean of Medicine, Health and Social care at Canterbury Christ Church University.