International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The theme for the 2021 resource is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare. Therefore, the celebration aims to raise awareness of the important roles nurses play in our society and their contributions and commitments among the common public in providing the best health care services. It also helps to spread the word about the value nurses provides to all of us.
Nurses are at the forefront of fighting epidemics and pandemics – providing high quality and respectful treatment and care. They are often the first and sometimes the only health professional that people see and the quality of their initial assessment, care and treatment are vital.
Nurses account for more than half of all the world’s health workers, yet there is an urgent shortage of nurses worldwide with 5.9 million more nurses still needed, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of the vital role nurses play. Without nurses and other health workers, we will not win the battle against outbreaks, we will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals or universal health coverage.
Registered Nurses administer patients’ medications and treatments, create plans for patient care, help perform diagnostic tests, teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses and injuries and so much more.
They care, comfort, and cajole us, and in the end, they save lives.
We here at TMO say a big thank you for your commitment, love, care and support. Thank you for going all the way. In light of National Nurses day, we ask that you honour the nurses in your life, show them you care, and give them a little love back for all the things they do that you are grateful for.