Public invited to show nurses appreciation

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  • Light a torch: Ren閑 Faulcon, president of the Bermuda Nurses Association (Photograph by Kyle McNeil)

    Light a torch: Ren閑 Faulcon, president of the Bermuda Nurses Association (Photograph by Kyle McNeil)


The president of a nurses organisation said that the efforts of healthcare workers over the Covid-19 pandemic made appreciation day for the profession this month even more important.

Ren閑 Faulcon, the president of the Bermuda Nurses Association, said that nurses had put their lives at risk and worked 揳round the clock?to care for people who suffered from the disease.

She added: 揟hey have worked tirelessly day and night to help control the outbreak of the coronavirus.

揂s I always say to people, nurses are always 24/7 ?there抯 always a nurse on watch somewhere and they抮e in direct contact with people who have actually been diagnosed with the coronavirus. They抮e doing their screenings for the coronavirus and educating others.?/p>

Ms Faulcon was speaking in the run-up to International Nurses?Day on Tuesday.

The event, held on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of modern nursing, was created to honour the dedication of nurses around the world.

This year is also the International Year of the Nurse.

Ms Faulcon, who also teaches nursing at Bermuda College, said that the BNA had planned to hold several events next week, including a church service and a brunch where several outstanding nurses would he highlighted.

She added that that Covid-19 safety regulations had forced them to cancel.

Ms Faulcon said that the association had turned to electronic media instead.

She added: 揥e抮e going to put together a video called 慦e Care?and that抯 a video of nurses around the community ?the hospital, the Department of Health, the Department of Corrections, the care homes ?just to present to the community reasons why we care and reasons why we抮e nurses.

揥e normally have a proclamation on May 12 to recognise International Nurses Day and the minister, Kim Wilson, has agreed to recognise nurses on that day.?/p>

Ms Faulcon said that the public could still show their appreciation.

She explained: 揙ne item that we抮e planning on having is just to have everyone applaud for a nurse on May 12.

揚eople can just stand outside their homes, their businesses, in their communities and recognise a nurse by applauding.?/p>

Ms Faulcon added people could also 搇ight a torch?or use another light source at night to thank the profession.

Florence Nightingale was nicknamed 搕he Lady with the Lamp?after she set up a hospital for soldiers wounded in the Crimean War in 1853 and toured the wards at night to check on her patients.

Ms Faulcon thanked her colleagues for their work during the pandemic. She reminded them to think about their own health as well.

Ms Faulcon said: 揊or us to take care of others, we have to learn how to take care of ourselves.

揟his is a very stressful time for everyone ?it抯 a stressful time for nurses, it抯 a stressful time for our families ?and they have to learn that they have to take a moment for themselves in order to care for others.?/p>

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Published May 9, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated May 9, 2020 at 7:03 am)

Public invited to show nurses appreciation

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