Your web browser is outdated and may be insecure

The RCN recommends using an updated browser such as Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome

Here For Life – a celebration of nurses and midwives

The RCN Foundation is proud to launch an exciting new social media campaign created in in partnership with the Chief Nursing Officers of the UK and Republic of Ireland. 

Here for Life is a social and digital media campaign in celebration of the International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses’ Day. Visit the Here For Life website.

The campaign exists to raise the awareness of the public of the breadth, depth and diversity of the nursing and midwifery professions and the impact that they have on individual patients and clients and on wider society. 

The campaign also aims to amplify understanding of the professionalism, knowledge, competence and skill that nurses and midwives use every day to support life, at every stage, and in a range of clinical and non-clinical settings.

Take part

We have a simple ask for all registered nurses and midwives working in the UK and Ireland – to post a story on social media about your role on Thursday 12 May.

Taking part is easy – on the day, share a single image or short video to your social media channels that says something about what you do as a midwife or a nurse and how you support patients, and hashtag it #HereForLife.

Posts shared on the #HereForLife hashtag will be seen by everyone who engages with it and will become part of the official @HereForLife campaign to increase public understanding of nursing and midwifery professions in the UK and Ireland.

Take a few minutes to pause, reflect on the nature of your specific role, and share your insights in your words. Nurses and midwives have been through a lot in recent times – this 12 May, it feels more right than ever to take pride in what you do.

This campaign is for everyone – you don’t need to be a nurse or midwife to add a valuable story. Anyone who has experienced a moment where a nurse or midwife has been there for them in times of need can take part by sharing on the #HereForLife hashtag.

Be inspired

To celebrate the range of roles and individuals within nursing and midwifery, the RCN Foundation has produced a series of images, podcasts and short clips that profile the work of seven inspirational figures. Get started by taking a look at what being here for life means to Jaki and Asha.

Jaki is a midwife. A government advisor, an innovator, a collaborator and a champion for choice. She keeps remote and rural Scotland ahead of the curve. Jaki is #hereforlife

Asha is a nurse. A community support, a positive force and a provider of care at all stages of life. She makes health experiences just that little bit better. Asha is #hereforlife

Watch videos about other members of the nursing and midwifery team from across the five nations.

Listen to our podcasts to hear the experiences and perspectives of nurses and midwives working in different roles across the UK and Ireland.

We hope that #HereForLife will help make this 12 May extra special, as timelines fill up with all kinds of inspiring, memorable, and unexpected posts about nursing and midwifery.