International Nurses Day 2020: Celebrating what it means to be a nurse

12 May 2020 . International

Never in our lifetime has there been a more crucial time for us to celebrate the extraordinary work done by nurses around the world.

In the spirit of International Nurse’s Day, we want to shine a light on our nurses around the world and celebrate what it truly means to be a nurse.

As articulated by our Chief Nurse in our clinics business, Quality HealthCare, in Hong Kong, ‘It has been especially hard on everyone during this COVID-19 pandemic, but nurses have globally demonstrated their dedication and resilience to always put the patient first’. 

Here our nurses share an insight into what being a nurse means to them.

Siobhan Mackintosh, Bupa Group

Nursing to me is about and always will be defined by passion. Passion for the vocation and for the people you care for is vital. Like in any job, the amount of passion you have determines how well you’re able to perform in your role.

Maryann Curry, Bupa Australia

Over the years I have met some amazing nurses, health professionals and people that I’ve cared for. This truly is a profession that is about wanting to make a difference to people’s lives and being able to see that difference is so invaluable.

Philip Chan, Quality HealthCare, Hong Kong

It’s easy to forget just how many lives we have changed for the better. Not only is the effect felt by our patients but their families and friends too…they won’t forget that there was a nurse who did his or her best to help them in their time of need. 

Clare Forsyth, Cromwell Hospital, UK

From a very early age I knew that I wanted to be a nurse and to this day I am so proud of my profession. Nursing is more than coming in to work every day, it’s a vocation and one that takes courage to be in.

To hear more from nurses around the world, and from our Chief Medical Officer Paula Franklin, watch here: