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Shine a light for nurses this International Nurses Day

NHS workers across Croydon are celebrating International Nurses Day (12 May) and recognising the amazing work of nurses here and across the world.
 
To mark the day and to show their appreciation for all that nurses are doing to save and rebuild the lives of patients with coronavirus, people across the country are being invited to shine a light from their windows at 8:30pm tonight (Tuesday 12 May). We encourage local residents to join in and show their support for Croydon nurses.
 
Over 1,000 incredible nursing and care staff from across Croydon Health Services NHS Trust provide care to hundreds of thousands of patients each year, both in hospital and in our communities.
 
This year more than ever, the event has a special significance as nurses form part of the frontline of the response to unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 facing the NHS. 2020 has also been made International Year of the Nurse and Midwife to mark the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and, because of social distancing during COVID-19, the main celebration will take place a year later in May 2021.
 
Elaine Clancy, Joint Chief Nurse of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and the South West London Clinical Commissioning Group’s Croydon Borough, said,
 
“This is a time for us to celebrate the incredible care of our profession across the globe and especially here in Croydon. I’m privileged to be Croydon’s Chief Nurse and to see, every single day, the amazing work that colleagues do, caring for the people of Croydon, both in hospital and in the community.
 
“Thank you to all of our nurses, health visitors and care staff – all of you play a vital role. And thank you to all of the members of the public who have shown us incredible support, over the years and also right now, while we stand together with the community and continue to respond to COVID-19.
 
“It would be great to see local residents to shine a light in appreciation of nurses. It means a lot to all of us.”
 
Manjit Roseghini, Deputy Chief Nurse and Director of Midwifery at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said:
 
“Nurses deserve every ounce of praise they receive. As humble as they are, they definitely enjoy this annual event and all the kindness that’s shared.”
 
Chris Terrahe, Deputy Director of Nursing at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, added:
 
“We have recruited more than 100 new nurses over the past year and are still busy, as demand continues to grow in Croydon and is becoming more about long term health conditions. Our strong partnerships in social care and other services mean we are adapting to this change and can get you the right care, at the right time, in a place that is right for you.”
 
You can see Elaine, Manjit, Chris and many other Croydon nurses marking the day in a special video here.
 
If you are interested in joining us as a nurse, there are many excellent opportunities and you can see more details here.

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