Queen Elizabeth II remembered as a champion of nurses and nursing issues

Queen Elizabeth II walks past a line of nurses at St Thomas' Hospital, where she officially opened the new 14-storey North Wing. London November 1976

In the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death nursing leaders across the world have reflected on the significant support, appreciation and gratitude she had for nurses throughout her reign.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) have expressed their condolences to King Charles III and the Royal Family, and all those affected by the sad loss.

“The world’s nursing family mourns her passing and sends a message of solidarity to Charles III and the Royal Family at this profoundly difficult time. The Queen’s care, courage, and compassion shone out strongly across the globe, and her values reflected those of nurses. She was a stalwart global leader, an inspirational figure, and deeply respected. We pay tribute to her life of dedication and service.” ICN President Pamela Cipriano said.

Her patronage and support for Nursing during her reign around the world was steadfast. Most recently she spoke personally to the President of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation, Professor Kathleen McCourt, on International Nurses Day to again express her appreciation and gratitude to nurses.

“On behalf of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation may I express sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this very sad time. The Queen will be greatly missed by all, but her legacy will remain and her commitment to the nursing and midwifery professions will never be forgotten,” Professor McCourt said.

RCN President Dr Denise Chaffer said as patron of the Royal College of Nursing, she met with thousands of nursing staff and always took enormous interest in our work.

“Her Majesty was admired and respected by nursing staff from across the world for the way she tirelessly championed nurses and nursing issues. The royal family are in our thoughts at this very difficult time,” She said

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) expressed its sorrow and gratitude to the Queen for a life of service and said the Institute and the Queen’s Nurses would always be inextricably linked to the Queen as their Royal Patron.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Queen Elizabeth II, our Patron. She was an outstanding supporter of the QNI and nursing, both nationally in the UK and internationally in the many years of her reign,” Dr Crystal Oldman, QNI Chief Executive said.

ICN has also sent messages of support and solidarity to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the Queen’s Nursing Institute in the UK, as well as the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation, all of whom have been profoundly and personally touched by the death of the Queen.

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