Nurses Day 2020

Nurses' Day

On Nurses' Day, we said thank you to nursing staff everywhere for the remarkable contribution they make to the lives of millions of people. 

International Nurses' Day is celebrated around the world each year on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. This year in particular it was an extra special occasion because not only does it fall during International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it also marked the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth. 

Ordinarily this would be a time for mass celebration, but as nursing staff across the world stand united in responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we must use Nurses' Day to shine a light on the remarkable work all health and care staff are doing for the entire nation.

That’s why we asked the public and patients to say thank you to nursing staff everywhere to show our members and their colleagues how their professionalism is truly appreciated.

Self-care isn't selfish

Now more than ever, it’s important to take time to look after your own mental health.


A guided meditation for nursing staff

Listen to our new guided meditation

The guided meditation has been designed to help you let go of work stresses and get the rest you need.
Selfcare is not selfish

Checkout resources

We have a range of resources available to help you create moments of calm this Nurses’ Day.
Florence Nightingale exhibition

Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday

Nurses’ Day this year also marks the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. With the COVID-19 pandemic, RCN Bulletin explores why Nightingale’s legacy is even more significant.

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