International Nurses’ Day

Chaplaincy at Canterbury Christ Church

International Nurses’ Day

May 12th each year isInternational Nurses Day
“I’ve had a number of colleagues and family members whose lives are indebted to the care, action, support and kindness afforded by nurses at Medway Maritime these last weeks. To you all, thank you from the bottom of my heart. My own mum and dad are nurses by profession and have positively impacted and saved hundreds of lives. Nurses, we honour you and celebrate your gifts.” Becky C (UK)

“On this important day we give thanks for the sacrifice, dedication and bravery of all who work in the medical profession, both in the NHS and around the world, battling against Covid-19.”Frank (UK)

“HAPPY INTERNATIONAL NURSES’ DAY …to all the nurses working hard for us ๐Ÿ’“Joy (Thailand)
“My mum is a nurse, has treated Covid patients and caught the virus herself. Nurses can too often be disregarded. They put up with a lot of stress. They are not just on the front line, taking care of patients at all hours, but they do it with a smile.” Manuela (Italy)

Emily & Poppy on duty in intensive care


“Thank you to all those who work on the front line of disaster and crisis around the world – I particularly remember those who worked through the Ebola crisis and in war zones today.”Kath (UK)
“My earliest nurse experience was when I was about 4 (pre NHS) I had scarlet fever, and was taken to the Fever Hospital in a big green ambulance. The nurses used to sing with me. I have no idea how long I was in hospital, but the day they told me I was going home, I tried to climb out of the cot, and fell on my head. The treatment was to rub butter on the bump and keep me in an extra day.  When the NHS started we had school nurses and clinics, eye tests and school dentists. On reflection we must have been the best cared for generation. Not that we appreciated the attention.”  Bill O (UK)

“I’d like to give my thanks to our nurses who have been caring day and night for patients, especially during this pandemic, with limited protection and some without seeing their families. You’re our real heroes. Stay strong!”  Arshad (Mauritius)

“I believe in heroes! They are walking around us, talking to us and helping without even being noticed sometimes, Thank you nurses, for being our real-life heroes!”  Areti (Cyprus)

“Hour after hour, day after day, shift after shift, our NHS serve to help the hurting, to heal the sick, and to comfort those who mourn. They do it to the best of their ability, under tremendous pressures and with limited resources. I hope and pray that as and when we need their help, everyone will remember their selfless dedication and commitment to us and pray that we would each show our thanks and appreciation whilst in their care. A clap of appreciation is a sign of our community gratitude, but let our clap turn into better wages, better conditions, shorter shifts and more staff.”  James (UK)

“A great big THANK YOU to all nurses around the world working to bring healing to our broken bodies. You work with God to bring healing to a broken world and we thank God for you. Your labour of love and care is greatly appreciated.”  Haris & Anna (Cyprus)

“It is an absolutely pleasure and privilege to support the education of current and future health and medical professionals. It encourages me to know that evidence-based practice takes account of the science, but also the people, and that holistic practice cares for body, mind and spirit. Thank you for all that you do, in every area of your practice.”  David (UK)
“You help us to live in a happy and healthy world.  Thank you for saving us from the bottom of my heart. We all love you and are grateful for the hard work you are doing for us.”  Sonali (India)

โ€œBecause of your hard work and dedication, I can live a healthy and normal life. Thank you very much.โ€Pattamanan (Thailand)

Check out this videoLet’s clap the NHS
โ€œBoth my parents have had major life threatening illnesses over the last 20 years, and I sadly lost my Dad last year.   Each time they were in hospital, whether as an emergency, a planned operation, follow up procedures or end of life care, I can honestly say the NHS in general, and nurses in particular, have been amazing โ€“ supportive, informative, caring and kind. Thank you all.”  Lynne S (UK)
“I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to nurses and medics everywhere. For saving my life three times. First, in 1953 when I had peritonitis and had 10 minutes to live. Then in 1968 when I was diagnosed with acute agranulocytosis  (no white blood cells). Lastly, in 2004 when I needed a quadruple heart bypass. Nursing staff do a marvellous job, sometimes in difficult conditions. I say thank you, you do an amazing job and I am one very happy patient ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜ƒ  THANK YOU, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.”  Bill M (UK)
“On this day I remember all the nurses and health workers in the UK and all over the world. I salute your doggedness and all the sacrifices you have all made to save humanity. You guys are special blessings to humanity, THANK YOU for all you have done and I encourage you all to never be discouraged in your quest to save more lives. May God Almighty bless and reward all our nurses and health care workers.”  Peter (Nigeria)
“A massive thank you to all the nurses, doctors and medical-related staff for the ongoing care and support you give so generously, particularly in these difficult times. Keep up the good work – it is always very much appreciated.”  Barbara (UK)

“Dear Nurses all over the world, we would like to thank you for sacrificing time away from your family and putting yourselves at risk to give us a second life. We will do our best to support you.”  Michel (Egypt)“My mother was a nurse. For 35 years she served as a nurse among people with leprosy in South India. Her professionalism, skill, courage, care and the dignity she placed on some of the most marginalised, forgotten and poor people in our world is a constant source of inspiration to me.”  Saju (India)
“I can think of so many occasions when the faithful staff of the NHS have cared for my family and I  …  they have seen us through heart surgery, cancer, broken bones and a plethora of other ailments (oh my word, we sound unhealthy).  When you’re a patient it’s important to feel that you matter. In my 60 years I can only think of the smallest number of occasions when I have not firstly been greeted with a smile and some re-assurance, before they have then gone to work in their wonderful, caring and professional manner. THANK YOU for all your hard work!!!”  Lynne M (UK)

Feel free to light a candle, leave a message, say a prayer or simply write the name in loving memory of those whom we have loved and lost but whose memory we cherish. Light a candle