Celebrating Nursing: Reflecting on the past and curious about the future

by Dee Sissons
Director of Nursing


Celebrating nursing at Westminster Abbey
Celebrating nursing with the Florence Nightingale Foundation last week at Westminster Abbey.


We’re now halfway through our week of celebrating the work of nurses and I feel so proud to be part of this great profession. And thank you to everyone who has shared their celebration photos with me – they’ve all been great.

As well as being a week of celebration, it’s also been a week of reflection: on the past, present and future.

The past


Many thanks to Marie Curie Nurse Irene Booker who very quietly retired this week after 40 years in nursing. We will miss her very much. Read her inspiring story.

The present


This week I took part in a celebration at the House of Commons with 50 inspirational and transformational nurses shortlisted for the Royal College of Nursing and Nursing Standard Awards. Well done, especially to the student nurses. Good luck with your final examinations later in the year. Come and work with us. It will ‘ground you’ for the rest of your career.

The future


I’m curious and excited about the future of nursing, but there is also lots to do. We need to stay proud of nursing – it’s the best possible care by trusted experts. Organisations need to work together to help people at the end of life. We need to bring together the best of the old and the best of the new. We need to combine innovation and compassion and give nurses the proper time to care. That’s the Marie Curie way.

If you want to find out more about what Marie Curie Nurses, visit mariecurie.org.uk/nurses.