International Nurses’ Day 2021


Happy Nurses’ Day 2021!

Thank you to all of our HSH nurses for the commitment, compassion and care you give day in and day out to your patients, to one another and to the organisation. Nursing is never an easy job, but the last year has come with even greater challenges to overcome. We are incredibly proud of the HSH team as a whole for the way it has not just come through the challenges of the last year, but the way in which we have thrived and grown in spite of those challenges. Thank you.


“Nursing staff working through the pandemic have shattered the stereotypes of nursing. The world has seen first-hand the fundamental role nursing plays in patient safety”


The International Council of Nurses (ICN) celebrates International Nurses Day (IND) on 12th May every year, which is also the anniversary of the birth of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. This year’s celebration is made all the more special as 2021 has been marked as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife as it’s the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

In the UK, Nurses Day is celebrated with a service held each year in Westminster Abbey, where a symbolic lamp is passed between nurses until it reaches the Nurses’ Chapel in the Abbey, where it is then placed on the High Altar. This symbolises the passing of knowledge from one nurse to another. 


This year, the theme for #IND2021 is ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare’. It focuses on the changes to and innovations in nursing and how this will ultimately shape the future of healthcare.

Over the last year, we have seen an unprecedented demand for innovation, flexible and new ways of working. On IND2021, we focused on reviewing and celebrating the many innovations we have achieved.


Mental Health Awareness

The RCN has developed a Mindfulness Tool for Nurses, which encourages you to work through six steps to achieve mindfulness:

  1. Connect to your senses to bring you into the moment – notice what you can see, hear, smell and feel
  2. Take three mindful breaths, focusing on how it feels when you breathe in and out deeply
  3. Be aware of your body, how it feels and any movements you’re making
  4. Notice the emotions you’re feeling. Pause to name them, without judging or criticising yourself
  5. Notice the type of thoughts in your mind, rather than specific thoughts. Name the types – are they memories, worries, past conversations or future plans
  6. Find somewhere to sit or stand to do a three-step breathing practice:
    • Awareness: notice how your body feels and what you’re thinking
    • Your breath: become aware of which parts of your body move when you breathe in and out and how this feels
    • Expanding: breathe deeply so it feels like each breath fills your whole body

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