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September 2021

Animated film celebrates nurses

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has launched a new animated film to celebrate the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. 

The year 2020 was originally designated as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by the World Health Organization (WHO) to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.  

Due to the pandemic, many of the events planned for 2020 were postponed and in recognition of this, the WHO decided to extend the year through 2021 and to broaden its theme to include other health and care workers. 

The QNI’s animation – the first ever created by the charity – has spent many months in planning and development. It celebrates the expertise of nurses, their critical role in supporting the health and wellbeing of their local communities and the breadth of work that they undertake in healthcare and wider society in the UK.  

The animation was entirely funded by leading UK nurse and healthcare recruitment company, Hallam Medical, which also provided creative and technical expertise. 

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, the QNI’s Chief Executive commented:  ‘It’s impossible to convey in two minutes the highly skilled work and incredible achievements of all nurses who work in the community today. However, in this film we have tried to capture the essence of nursing in the community, from its roots with Florence Nightingale and her role in the foundation of the QNI, to the indispensable contribution of today’s nurses working in the community, to the protection and promotion of the physical and mental health of people at every stage of life.’ 

The film is narrated by the actor Stephen McGann, who plays Dr Turner in the BBC TV series,  Call the Midwife[/]. Mr McGann has been a passionate supporter of The QNI and of community nursing for a number of years and has worked with the QNI on a number of creative projects.  

View the video at

Practice Nurse 2021;51(7): online only