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We are pleased to bring you this message from Colonel AEB Farmer ARRC QHN Chief Nursing Officer (Army). Along with this personal message to the QARANC Community we have attached the letter below.


As the Defence Nursing Committee, we are formally writing to you on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and International Nurses Day. We want to mark this auspicious date and reiterate our thanks to all Nurses, Midwives and Healthcare Assistants working within Defence for your outstanding contribution, particularly over the past year during the coronavirus pandemic.

We have been so incredibly proud when listening to your lived experiences during our virtual visits. Your work has had a significant impact across the entire healthcare arena, whether this was directly involving patient care in Primary or Secondary Healthcare, supporting and delivering the vaccination campaign in collaboration with the NHS, working in support of the staff effort or as a liaison officer, covering both National and International work. The influence of our Regular, Reserve and MoD civilian Nurses, Midwives and Healthcare Assistants has been felt everywhere!

International Nurses Day will be an opportunity for us all to reflect and celebrate the legacy of Florence Nightingale and what her work means. Whilst we would love to be together face to face, we know that this is a critical time as we start to emerge from the restrictions, and the need to keep our friends, family and patients safe. You will be heartened to hear we will have Defence representation at the much smaller Florence Nightingale Commemorative Service at Westminster Abbey, which you will be able to view online on the 12 May 21 from 1700hrs.

International Nurses Day allows us to reflect on the skill, expertise and compassion shown by all our Nurses, Midwives and Healthcare Assistants, especially throughout the response to COVID-19, and how much we have all achieved together.

Colonel S Findlay Defence Nursing Advisor

Captain L Taylor QHN RN Head of the Royal Navy Nursing Service

Colonel AEB Farmer ARRC QHN Chief Nursing Officer (Army)

Group Captain F Bradley QHN Director Nursing Services Royal Air Force

Group Captain D Lamb PhD Defence Professor of Nursing

Dr A Hulme TD VR DBA LLM MSc RM RGN Chief Nurse Defence Primary Healthcare HQ


CNOs Message for International Nurses Day 2021


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