Lighting of Altnagelvin Hospital Derry for International Nurses Day
19 May

Lighting of Altnagelvin Hospital Derry for International Nurses Day

Landmarks in Northern Ireland turned blue in a special tribute to mark International Nurses’ Day.

A range of monuments and council buildings across the region were illuminated blue, the colour of the NHS, to thank nursing staff for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

People were also encouraged to shine a light from their windows to show their appreciation for all that nurses are doing to save and rebuild the lives of patients with coronavirus.

It was part of the symbolic gesture, a nod to the lamp that Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was known to carry. This year has been designated the International Year of the Nurse and also marked the bicentenary of Nightingale’s birth. Her image and a message of thanks was also projected from Parliament on to her place of work, St Thomas’ Hospital, while similar projections will happen at the British Embassy in Rome and the Italian Federation of Nurses.