Georgia Wright.jpgTo celebrate International Nurses Day this year, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC) is taking stock of all the incredible work nurses have provided during the Coronavirus pandemic and asking patients to share their messages of thanks.

International Nurses Day acknowledges and celebrates the commitment and bravery of nurses around the world. The event on 12 May is coordinated by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) to ensure that the invaluable contributions of nurses to the health of people globally are recognised. 

The theme for International Nurses Day 2021 is ‘Nurses: A voice to lead’ with a focus on a ‘Vision for Future Healthcare’. Over the past year, nurses have met extraordinary circumstances to provide vital care to patients.

“This global COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world the important role that nurses play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan,” said Annette Kennedy, ICN President. “While there has been significant disruption to healthcare, there has also been significant innovation that has improved access to care. In 2021, we will focus on the changes to and innovations in nursing and how this will ultimately shape the future of healthcare.”

The IND2021 theme reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on the health system and the nursing profession and how the pandemic has also led to innovation which will shape the future of healthcare. Nurses, as the largest healthcare profession, must play an integral part in planning the future of healthcare.

Georgia Wright, Deputy Chief Nurse at NCIC, said: “The day is an opportunity to recognise the contribution nurses make to the NHS and the diverse role that many of them have. At NCIC we have so many highly skilled nurses working in a variety of roles both within our hospitals and out in the community. This past year nurses have played a pivotal role in the battle against Covid-19, they have quite literally nursed the world back to health and their contribution should not be overlooked. It’s been one of the most difficult years we have faced during our careers in the NHS, however our nurses are resilient and brave, they truly are heroes.”

Now is the time to celebrate how our nurses have been there for you during the pandemic. We encourage you to get involved in the celebrations ahead of 12 May and show your support for our nurses.

Have you had a positive nursing experience during the pandemic? Would you like to share your story? If so then please contact