Quite a year Florence!

Fiona Hibberts 30 Nov 2020

A short reflection on 2020, but keeping Flo in the frame and her legacy for the year of the nurse and midwife.

Who would have thought that the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife would have quite worked out like this!

I spent so much of 2019 planning events, celebrations and so many opportunities to speak about nursing, it's importance and contribution...but in the end we didn't need it. Nursing came into its own, came to the forefront and did its own publicity! We were thrust into unusual places, to care for patients with a disease we knew little about and dealing with a pace of change so fast - if you blinked, you could miss it. Some of us were redeployed, some trying our best at virtual support for our patients, but I think all of us were unsure about its effect and the future.

Even now, months on I'm prouder now to be a nurse than I ever have, I've seen my colleagues rise up to take the challenge; coming out stronger, braver and more agile. What you have done is truly inspiring, amazing - it's quite astounding.

Actually, I think this has been a very fitting year to celebrate Florence's bi-centenary, she began modern nursing; ensuring both skill and knowledge were partnered with kindness and compassion. Adapting, responding, whilst learning and leading is what I've seen by colleagues in communities, wards, units and outpatients day in day out.

So, as the Christmas festivities begin, although perhaps in a different way, I'd encourage you to find some down time; to reflect upon your year, your role, some good experiences and achievements. Most of all celebrate and raise a glass to the amazing contribution we have made this year!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year, keep safe, keep happy and get involved in our forum.

Fiona Hibberts

Fiona Hibbert

Fiona Hibberts

RCN Gastrointestinal Nursing Forum Chair

Head of the Nightingale Academy and Consultant Nurse, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Fiona leads postgraduate education and research within the trust

Page last updated - 13/05/2021