ON 12 May, International Nurses’ Day, we mark the contribution that our nursing workforce makes to society.

As we continue to work through incredibly challenging times the day is particularly important for us and many of us will take a moment to reflect on the impact nursing staff have had on the health of the nation throughout the pandemic.

Providing safe and effective care to patients remains the overriding priority for nursing staff, whether in hospitals, the community or care homes.

As the pandemic continues to impact health services, nursing staff have shown their commitment to tackling the backlog and giving the best care they can despite the challenges of low staffing levels and high service demand.

To mark this year’s Nurses’ Day, the Royal College of Nursing is calling on the public to share their stories about the best of nursing.

We’d love readers to share their own experiences of good nursing care. Share your stories on social media or with your local newspaper.

Help us share stories about how nursing makes a difference.

If you’d like to share your story on social media, please use #BestOfNursing and #NursesDay and tag us @RCNSouthWest.

You can also send us your messages directly for us to share – email southwestern.region@rcn.org.uk Finally, I’d like to thank the public for your continued patience when accessing health care systems.

We nursing staff appreciate the kindness of people’s understanding as we try our best to give the care people need in difficult circumstances.


Board Chair, RCN South West Region