Each year at Benenden Hospital, on or around 12 May, we celebrate the birth of Florence Nightingale – British social reformer, statistician and the founder of modern nursing.
We usually hold a celebratory event at the hospital, with fun and games and a tea party where our nurses not only share their own stories but are given patient feedback that has been gathered over the year. We ask nurses to tell us what they love about nursing at Benenden and we, in turn, feed that back to our patients, visitors and non-nursing staff.
This year’s celebration was intended to be held on a grand scale, as we celebrate the second centenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. This was our chance to reflect on the amazing work that Florence did and to marvel at the achievements that our own staff have made and the skills that they possess.
Whilst we are not able to be together and celebrate at this time, the pandemic has highlighted to us all the importance of the nurse in our society. The care that nurses across the world have brought to their patients through these difficult times is something that we all recognise and applaud. Each Thursday evening, we clap for these heroic people from the safety of our own homes and thank them for their integral part in overcoming this disease.
We look forward to the day that we can once again be together at Benenden Hospital, to celebrate our nurses and the excellent care that they give our patients.
Published on 12 May 2020