Celebrating International Nurses Day

Published on Tuesday 12 May 2020

Celebrating International Nurses Day

Today we are saying a huge thank you to our dedicated nursing staff on International Nurses Day as they continue to support local residents amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The theme for this year’s Day is ‘nursing the world to health’ and never has this been more apt with our nurses providing vital care and support for the most vulnerable people across east Surrey and parts of West Sussex. 

12 May, as International Nurses Day, coincides with the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale and 2020 marks her bicentenary year. Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing after she established a nursing school in London during 1860 which laid the foundations for professional nursing as we know it today.  

To mark the occasion we have shared some truly inspiring stories from colleagues about why they became a nurse...


Jon Ota, Chief Nurse and Director of Quality and People

Play the short video below where Jon talks about his story of becoming a nurse

Karen Lucas, Clinical Team Lead

“I started my training in 1980 and I've seen lots of changes during my career. Nurses have always continued to care, reassure and instil a confidence to allow healing to take place. The same inherent wish to care and make a difference always remains.”

Carol Morris, Respiratory Nurse Specialist

"I love my job. It can be hard work at times however being supported by a great team of nurses and healthcare professionals makes it a joy."