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Year of the Nurse

Monday 11 May 2020

A message from our CEO, Rosemarie Finley

CEO Rosemarie FinleyI have worked within the healthcare sector for over 30 years, both as a nurse and in leadership positions, and I feel truly honoured to work with the most incredible team of healthcare professionals at St Barnabas House.

This is a group of caring individuals who, day in day out, go above and beyond for the people they care for, both at the hospice and in people’s own homes across Worthing and surrounding areas.

Before we were all confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

The care team at St Barnabas House do an incredible job every day, but during this unprecedented situation, I feel it is particularly important to say a special thank you for the work they are doing. Aspects of their jobs have changed considerably over the last few weeks, and they are providing end-of-life care for more people in their own homes than ever before. But the team have all risen to the challenge and continue to put the people who need them at the heart of everything they do.

I am thankful for our care team every day, and I know that all of you in our local community are too, but it feels particularly poignant to say a big thank you this week – the week that marks 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Born on 12 May 1820, Florence Nightingale is undoubtedly the world’s most famous nurse and her influence continues to inspire, even in her bicentennial year – a year when we are facing potentially the greatest worldwide health crisis of our time.

Every Thursday at 8pm, households across the country are clapping for carers and keyworkers. Please join me this Thursday in clapping to thank the incredible nursing team at St Barnabas House. Their skills, commitment and care make such a difference to so many lives – during the Year of the Nurse and beyond.

Thank you.