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Today is International Nurses' Day!

This year, more than any other year, I am so proud to be a nurse and celebrate International Nurses' Day alongside my colleagues working in cancer care. Thank you to all cancer nurses for all that you do care for people affected by cancer - day in and day out - and for your exceptional dedication to nursing throughout the pandemic. - Verna Lavender, UKONS President

I am so proud of all the cancer nurses I know and have worked with over the years- your dedication is breathtaking, no matter how challenging the times. Thinking of you all this International Nurses' Day. - Mark Foulkes, UKONS President-Elect

I have been a nurse for over 30 years and although am no longer 'hands on' am proud to still be a registered nurse and to belong to a nursing community of brilliant people who have given their best to help and support when they are poorly and sometimes at their lowest ebb. My proudest moments have been the small ones, holding someone's hand or giving a hug, sharing a laugh and feeling privileged to be with some of the bravest people I have ever met, both patients, fellow nurses and other NHS staff. Nurses-we rock! - Libby Potter, Head of portfolio and UKONS board member.

The thing I am most proud of is being able to make a difference in someone's life, whether that is by managing symptoms, giving support and reassurance or helping sort the practical stuff. If I can ease even a little of someone's burden at the most difficult time of their life then my day has been worth it. - Tracy, Palliative Care CNS, Northumberland, UKONS Board Member

Words fail to describe the societal significance of the nursing profession. I am proud to have known and to have worked with so many amazing, kind, creative &clever nurses. To my fellow nurses in education, clinical and research, happy International Nurses' Day! - Mary Tanay, UKONS Board Member

Prouder than ever on #InternationalNursesDay2021 Had the privilege of working with some fantastic/inspiring nurses during my career, pushing the boundaries of nursing for the benefit of patients. Here’s to the next generation #UKONSYCN - Constance Rowell, Advanced Nurse Practitioner UKONS ECN/YCN Lead