Coventry students celebrate the past, present and future of nursing

Sunday 12 May 2019

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Tracey Saunders

To celebrate International Nurses’ Day and International Day of the Midwife, Coventry University’s nursing and midwifery students joined hundreds of healthcare colleagues for a procession through the city centre today before attending a service at Coventry Cathedral.

Keynote Speaker Yana Richens, Deputy Head of Maternity, NHS England, joined staff from Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and South Warwickshire Foundation NHS Trust in sharing their experiences and passion for nursing with the audience.

Coventry University’s Sue Lees, Associate Professor Midwifery and Maria Cable, Associate Professor Cancer Nursing, both spoke during the ceremony.

Nursing can be such a personally rewarding career but for many it comes with high personal costs as they are working in such highly pressurised clinical settings.

We have a shortfall of 32,000 nurse currently in the UK with that likely to increase significantly. We owe it to our nurses to support and protect them to do the invaluable work that they do – making a difference to the lives of many people every day. We are thrilled to celebrate the important work of nursing- a career choice for many men and women.

Maria Cable

International Nurses' Day is celebrated around the world every 12 May which is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.

For further press information, please contact Tracey Saunders, senior media officer at Coventry University, on 02477 657126 or at

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