Help us find South African Children’s Palliative Care Nurse Superheroes

What is 2020 The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife about?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale and to recognise the critical contribution both professions make to global health. It could not be more timely. The courageous work of nurses and other healthcare workers in the face of coronavirus does honour to the YONM 2020 and the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The State of the World’s Nursing Report, was launched on World Health Day and forms part of the activities of the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820, making 2020 the 200th year anniversary of her birth. The “Lady with the Lamp” became the founder of modern nursing and the first woman to receive the Order of Merit. During the Crimean War, Nightingale was put in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers in Turkey. Her time in the wards, especially her night rounds, earned her the nickname “Lady with the Lamp” and helped her begin to formalise nursing education. She went on to found the first scientifically based nursing school—the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London—in 1860. Florence Nightingale continues to inspire nurses all over the world with her legacy of dedication and innovation.

Click here to read about the legacy of Florence Nightingale in a world dealing with COVID-19 written by our vice chair, Joan Marston.

How can you be eligible to receive a R500 Checkers Gift Voucher from PatchSA?

PatchSA would also like do our part in honouring all those nurses and community carer SUPERHEROES who are providing palliative care to the children of South Africa. We will do this by sharing your photos and stories online from now until Tuesday 12 May.

On 12 May, we will give away two R500 Checkers Vouchers from money generously donated by the Staff and Steering Committee members of our organisation. These are the very simple rules for standing a chance to receive one of these vouchers:

  1. Like and follow PatchSA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram so we can tag you when we upload your photos and stories.
  2. Only nurses or community carers who are actively providing any form of palliative care to children within their hospitals, organisations, clinics or within a child’s home are eligible to receive the R500 Checkers Vouchers. The nurses do not need to specifically work for a hospice or children’s palliative care organisation as we know many nurses provide this compassionate care to children as part of their work within a hospital.
  3. You can nominate yourself (if you are a nurse providing palliative care to children) or you can nominate a nurse working within your hospital or institution as long as you have received that nurses permission to do so.
  4. Send the following in an email to with the subject: CPC Nursing Superhero
    1. A clear photo of yourself or the nurse you are nominating at work (please DO NOT include any photos which include children that can be identified) for posting on our social media platforms.
    2. Your name and surname and, if you are nominating someone else, their name and surname.
    3. The name of the organisation or hospital where you / the nurse works and their job title or position.
    4. In 200 words or less, the reason why you as a nurse love the work you do providing palliative care to children or why you are nominating the nurse.
    5. The phone number to which we can send the R500 Checkers Voucher if you/your nominated nurse is chosen. PatchSA will not share this information.
    6. Please end your email with the following statement: I, (FULL NAME) hereby give permission for PatchSA to use the attached photo and information on their website and social media platforms.

PatchSA will randomly select two of these CPC Nurse Superheroes to receive the Checkers Vouchers and they will be notified on 12 May 2020. All the nurses nominated will be sent a Certificate of Recognition as a CPC Nursing Superhero by PatchSA for their work providing compassionate palliative care to children.

We can’t wait to start honouring and recognising the amazing work of all the wonderful South African CPC Nursing Superheroes out there! GOOD LUCK!