NHS North East and Yorkshire marks International Nurses’ Day 2022

This International Nurses’ Day (12 May), we want to say thank you to all of those in the nursing family across the North East and Yorkshire. In celebration, we’ll be sharing a number of messages from nursing staff across the North East & Yorkshire throughout the day.

Our incredible nurses continues to make difference to patients’ lives across the UK every day. The last two years have been extremely challenging but despite this, our colleagues continue to go above and beyond to deliver highly skilled, safety-critical care to patients every single day.

Nurses’ Day is a chance to celebrate what our nurses do, as well as an opportunity to say thank you.


Below: Regional Chief Nurse, Margaret Kitching, with a special message of thanks to nurses across the North East & Yorkshire…


Right: Jacob is in his final year and will become a registered nurse in less than three months

Being a male in nursing can be challenging at times as nursing is a female-dominated profession, however it enables me to provide different perspectives and help make certain patients more comfortable. I’ve found that my original concerns, regarding patients not wanting a male nurse, weren’t a problem at all — in fact many patients prefer being cared for by a male nurse. It’s a privilege to be a role model for men who are interested in nursing and being a part of a new generation of

nursing that is equally balanced between all genders.

Thank you Jacob — your passion and dedication to nursing is so clear and we wish you all the best for your future career! Thank you to all our future, past and present nurses — you’re a huge part of the NHS! 💙

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The Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) programme delivers training and restorative supervision for colleagues right across England. The programme launched in March 2021, towards the end of the third wave of COVID-19. This was the start of a critical point of recovery: for patients, for services and for our workforce.

Below: Kirsty and Jude are coming towards the end of their PNA programme. They explain a little more about the programme below…


Here for Life

We’re also be supporting the Here for Life campaign. Here for Life is a campaign that empowers nurses and midwives to tell their own stories, highlighting the breadth and diversity of nursing and midwifery roles and expertise, and the impact that these professions have on the people they care for and on our society as a whole.

Midwives and Nurses are urged to share posts on social media using #HereForLife that sums up who they are as a nurse or midwife.

Watch some of the nurses from across our region speak below.


Below: Julie is a learning and disability nurse, working in the North East area. She talks about her role…


Below: In Alison’s 38 year career, she’s worked in children’s nursing directly for 26 of those years… 


Below: Community nursing has been at the heart of Julie’s career…