New Scientist 1.59 million nurses take to the road for their annual nursing program, Nursing Day.
The event, which runs from July 10 to August 1, celebrates the people and the work that nurses do every day in the world.
But for the past few months, a new generation of nurses has taken up the cause to get the word out about what it means to be a nurse.
Nurse Day, which is on July 10, aims to be an open forum for nurses to discuss and raise awareness of the challenges they face, says Lisa Feltner, a nurse and RN and co-founder of Nursing Day UK.
She has spent the past two years working with nurses to promote the day.
“It’s not just about having nurses on our streets, it’s about getting nurses on the road,” she says.
But this year, she says, there has been a backlash.
A recent poll found that one in four NHS nurses were worried about their job security, with almost one in 10 worried about the quality of their care.
Some nurses have felt that they are not being listened to by the authorities and their concerns are not heard, Felter says.
She says they want to get nurses on to the streets to show them that they can make a difference.
The nurses who took part in the poll are a diverse range of professions including social workers, midwives, physiotherapists, and nurse assistants.
And, Fears, a social worker who works with NHS nurses, has also been campaigning for Nursing Day to be celebrated.
We’re trying to get more nurses to come out and show their support.
I’m also trying to bring people together.
It is not about getting more nurses, but showing that it is not just a one-way street.
Feltner says that it will be a great way to get new nurses in to the NHS and help get nurses back into the profession.
So far, she has seen an increase in interest in the day, with more than 1,000 nurses taking part.
However, she also warns that the nurses are not necessarily getting the same support that other professions are.
One of the nurses who has taken part in this year’s event, Heather Maclean, a physiotherapist from Manchester, is worried about her career and hopes to keep her options open.
Maclean is a long-time nurse and she has worked with children and pregnant women and says she is a great advocate for nurses.
As a young nurse, she took part during the Nurses’ Day protests in 2011 and is now one of the many nurses in her area who have gone on to work in other nursing organisations.
When I was working in a private hospital, I could not speak for a while.
My mum was very vocal, but I didn’t feel I was speaking for myself.
But when I started working in NHS hospitals, I realised that I could say what I wanted to say, and people listened to me, Maclean says.
I have always felt that nurses need to be heard, and that nurses are good people, and good people deserve to have the support they need, she adds.
In the end, Felsner says, the NHS is more than a single institution.
Its the people who work in it that make it work.
Find out more about nursing at the BBC’s Nursing page.