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Celebrating mental health nurses

Ruth May has marked #MHNursesDay this year with a personal message of thanks for all mental health nurses. Also Emma Wadey, the new Head of Mental Health Nursing for NHS England and NHS Improvement, shares her passion, commitment and ambitions for mental health nursing in this blog.
It is a priority for the #YearoftheNurseandMidwife that we celebrate and value the contribution the professions make. In doing so, we want to raise the profile of the rewarding careers that nursing and midwifery can offer. Find out more about a career in mental health nursing.

My Daddy is a Nurse

One in 10 nurses is male. My Daddy is a Nurse is a new book aimed at children aged 4-7 years. It has been shaped with input from Nursing Now England and NHS England nursing ambassadors, to counter gender stereotypes about nursing.

During the Year of the Nurse and Midwife we are committed to showcasing the value and breadth of the work that the professions do. My Daddy is a Nurse presents a very positive image not just of male nurses but of nursing in general. It highlights the skills and expertise involved and variety of work it is possible to do as a nurse.

To support the launch of the book, we ran a competition on social media, for people to win a free copy. There were 50 winners, from over 500 entries. NHS England and NHS Improvement’s regional chief nurses now have some copies of the book and will be working with their teams to ensure these reach key audiences – children, parents, teachers – through the best route in each region. To find out more about this book, please contact

New year’s day message from Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May

Ruth May welcomes in 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and the opportunity to celebrate, and raise the profile and reputation of the professions in England.