Today, Tuesday 12 May is International Nurses Day 2020, which is celebrated around the world on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. This year is extra special because it is also the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
On this special day, we want to show appreciation for all our nurses and our care teams working in our 23 care homes across Scotland.
To our nurses, we say thank you for continually going above and beyond, especially during these challenging times. And to all staff working in our care homes, we thank you all.
We are exceptionally proud of every member of staff and we can’t thank you enough for the amazing contribution you are all making to look after our residents at this time. You continue to provide compassionate care and support to our residents, families and colleagues.
So today on International Nurses Day and every day to everyone – thank you, you’re amazing.
To mark International Nurses Day today, we’re sharing a poem as a tribute from Meallmore, penned By Bobby Dougan.
As we look all around to the world of today
And the challenges we face that impede our way
A realisation comes clearly to mind
Of the reasons our nurses are one of a kind
Through heartache and pain through conflict and sorrow
Meallmore nurses give comfort, and hope for tomorrow
They calm and they quiet they counsel and guide
Ever gentle and caring they stand by your side
For our nurses are healers and teachers and friends
Some are there for beginnings and others for ends
But each has a value that stands on its own
In joy or bereavement, you’re never alone
Throughout these dark times and in histories past
Our nurses are caring and ever steadfast
So, to them we give praise and we show our regard
For all of you working so long and so hard
To nursing you came not for fame not for wealth
But to bring a voice to lead the whole world to health