Nurses Day 2023

St Hugh’s Hospital is joining organisations around the UK to celebrate Nurses Day.

Held on May 12 each year to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, we are today saying thank-you to our own nurses – and every nurse – for their hard work, and for making a difference every day.

It’s organised by the Royal College of Nursing, who had this message for nurses today: “Whatever the setting, whatever the location, whomever the patient, the one thing all nursing staff have in common is their unwavering commitment to make a difference to people’s lives – not just to their patients, but to their patients’ families and loved ones too.

“Three years on since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, you continue to work in extremely challenging circumstances. Yet despite this, your patients remain your priority. And for that, we want to thank you.”

Using the #NursesDay hashtag, us and many other organisations will join on social media to mark the occasion.

And it’s a double celebration because the International Council of Nurses (ICM) is also holding its own global event today too – International Nurses Day. May 12 is, of course, a very significant date for the nursing sector at home and abroad, being the birthday of perhaps the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale. Credited as the founder of modern nursing, she was a social reformer and a pioneer in statistics. Known as the Lady of the Lamp because of her night-time vigils of patients during the Crimean War, her later work is said to have professionalised nursing roles for women.

The ICM’s theme this year is ‘Our Nurses. Our Future’, setting out what the council wants for nursing in the future to address global health challenges and improve health for all, learning from the coronavirus pandemic in particular.


We’d love to hear how our nurses have helped you, so tag St Hugh’s Hospital on social media today and let us know.