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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.

MESSAGE FROM THE DEFENCE MEDICAL SERVICES NURSING COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY

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

Today the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps commemorate Dame Margot Turner on her birthday. This modern day presentation of the Eulogy of Dame Margot is our tribute to her success and bravery.  It also marks the start of the week in which we will celebrate International Nurses Day.  You cant watch the video here on our YouTube channel.

The Florence Nightingale White Rose Appeal

To commemorate the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth on 12th May 2020, the Foundation launched the Florence Nightingale White Rose Appeal with the help of our appeal ambassador, Helena Bonham Carter. We also mark International Nurses’ Day on 12th May when we all come together to celebrate nurses and midwives across the world.

Throughout our lives, we will all encounter a nurse or midwife, either caring for us or a loved one. At times we don’t remember the name of a nurse who looked after us, but we never forget the way they made us feel, and it is this memory and feeling that stays with us for a lifetime. You can thank a nurse or midwife who cared for you or a loved one by buying a white rose in their honour. We ask for a minimum donation of £5 and you will receive a virtual rose via email in return.

Why a white rose?

Florence Nightingale famously wore Floris of London’s White Rose scent and had bottles shipped out to her during her time in the Crimea war. A white rose also symbolises new beginnings and for the Foundation, we see it as a symbol of hope for a time when we will all be together again.

This feeling of hope has been missing since the pandemic began. However, it has been nurses and midwives working on the frontline of COVID-19 who have provided comfort and hope to patients and their families and is a fitting tribute to them.

Where your donation goes

The White Rose Appeal was launched in 2020 to help nurses and midwives working on the frontline of COVID-19 and beyond. Money raised went towards caring for the mental health of nurses and midwives by providing emotional and wellbeing support.

Your donation will also allow us to continue our vital work, providing scholarships to the best nurses and midwives in the UK allowing them to make a real difference to patient care, policy and practice in their chosen field. As a Foundation we believe in creating and empowering nursing and midwifery leaders of tomorrow, all of whom are Florence Nightingale’s legacy.

To purchase your own white rose for a nurse or midwife who has touched the life of you or a loved one please visit this link.

To mark International Nurses’ Day , The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Princess Royal, The Countess of Wessex and Princess Alexandra have joined together to pay tribute to the world’s nurses, speaking with healthcare professionals working in Australia, India, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Bahamas, Cyprus, Tanzania and the UK. You can watch the Video Here

The Queen will mark International Nurses’ Day today by speaking to Professor Kathleen McCourt, the President of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation and Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, of which The Queen is Patron.

The Prince of Wales has provided a message for the video thanking nurses across the world, and The Duchess of Cornwall has recorded messages of support for nurses from the Royal Naval Medical Service and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children Charity, of which she is respectively Commodore-in-Chief and Patron.

The Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex spoke to nurses in seven different commonwealth countries. The calls were facilitated by Nursing Now, a global campaign to improve health by raising the status and profile of nursing of which The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron.

Their Royal Highnesses dialled into a call with nurses in Queensland, Australia who provide culturally appropriate services to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and spoke to nurses at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre in Sierra Leone and LV Prasad Eye Institute in India – both of which The Countess of Wessex has previously visited. Their Royal Highnesses also spoke with the Apollo Hospital in India, HIV and maternal health nurses in Malawi, mental health nurses in the Bahamas, Army nurses in Cyprus, and paediatric nurses from the UK’s Evelina London Children’s Hospital and Community Services, of which The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron.

Over the weekend The Princess Royal called Tanzania to speak with the Programme Manager of a medical ship that provides facilities for those with little or no access to medical care, and is supported by the Vine Trust of which Her Royal Highness is Patron. Last week The Duke of Cambridge talked to nurses at The Royal Marsden, of which he is President and Princess Alexandra spoke with the head of the Naval Nursing Service in her role as Patron of Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS).

On the calls, Members of The Royal Family spoke with nurses about the work they are doing, with many talking about the impact of Covid-19 and how they were coping with the pandemic.  Nurses and midwives are often the first and sometimes the only health professional that people see and the quality of their initial assessment, care and treatment is vital. They provide care that is sensitive to their local community – understanding its culture, strengths and vulnerabilities so can shape and deliver effective interventions to meet the needs of patients, families and communities.

On every call, The Royal Family reiterated their thanks to nurses across the Commonwealth for the incredible work they do on a daily basis.

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