Today the 12th May marks the celebration of International Nurses Day, a day where we thank nurses around the world for their courage, tireless work, compassion, and commitment to helping the sick and vulnerable. This year’s focus as set by the International Council of Nursing is – Nursing The World To Health. Not only is this year even more important to celebrate given what our nurses are up against, but it is extra special because it falls under the World Health Organisation’s #yearofthenurseandmidwife. It also happens to be the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence nightingale.
All of that being said, the message is simple, #nursingtheworldtohealth. In a year declared the year of the Nurse and Midwife, with an intension to bring awareness to nursing and midwifery aimed at increasing funding for education and training, I don’t think anyone could have predicted the relevance this would have given the current pandemic. The global pandemic has been a reminder of the incredibly important role midwives and nurses play providing the backbone of our healthcare systems around the world. Nurses across the world have all been put on show, pushed to their limits and faced with unprecedented challenges and have shone through – and very bright.
So thank you to all of the nurses for #nursingtheworldtohealth, for risking your lives, for putting yourselves on the line, for being fearless, sacrificing yourself for the sake of not just your patient’s health but world health.
If in doubt, listen to Florence…
“Every nurse ought to be careful to wash her hands very frequently during the day. If her face too, so much the better”
– Florence Nightingale