The RCN has today (2 July) launched an online book of remembrance to gather messages in memory of the nursing professionals who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been created by Nursing Standard in partnership with the RCN and offers the nursing community and public a chance to pay their respects to health care workers, remembering colleagues, family members and friends.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics have confirmed that nursing staff have experienced significantly higher rates of death from COVID-19 than the general population. The book of remembrance will demonstrate that nursing colleagues who have paid the highest price will not be forgotten.
RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dame Donna Kinnair said: “Every life lost is a tragedy, and I would like to pay tribute to our colleagues, family members and friends who have died whilst caring for others and keeping them safe.
“I hope the book of remembrance will become a lasting legacy that reflects the bravery and compassion of our nursing colleagues, and offer comfort to the family and friends of those who have died, along with the reassurance that they will never be forgotten.”