Happy International Nurses Day!
Today marks International Nurses, a significant day that not only marks the birth date of Florence Nightgale. But this year's anniversary falls during International Year of Nurse and Midwife.
As there are more than 20 million nurses across the world, many are celebrating the contribution nurses make for those in need. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) expressed their dedication to nurses, as they said "As carer's, healers, educators, leaders and advocates, nurses are fundamental in the provision of safe, accessible and affordable care".
Royal College of Nursing, also touched on that nurses are needed more than ever due to Covid-19.
"Ordinarily this would be a time for mass celebration, but as nursing staff across the world stand united in responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we must use today to shine a light on the remarkable work all health and care staff are doing for the entire nation", they said in a statement.
On their website they are encouraging others to share a video, thanking nurses for their continuing service.
NHS Digital also shared their gratitude on Twitter by saying, "Happy #InternationalNursesDay to all nurses and health visitors. We're proud to be able to support them with the digital tools they need to be able to work efficiently even during the current #COVID19 pandemic".
Nurses across the UK have told us how important International Nurses Day is to them. Judi a registered nurse and midwife student said;
"To tell you the truth, looking after patients brings me a lot of joy and ratification. So being recognised for doing this is not a bad thing".
Meneiva MacDonald, a Theatre Nurse at St. Thomas' Hospital said,
"I suppose being recognised for the hard work, dedication and professionalism on a global platform is a real moral boost for nurses/midwives like me. It shows that we are [considered] professionals in our right and not just as doctor's 'assistants'".
Former nurse manager, Sonia Jones said,
"Super proud of being in the best profession in the world. Could not have imagined doing anything else with my life".
Chief Midwifery Officer of NHS England, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE who was midwife in attendance to Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Took to Twitter to show her appreciation on International Nurses Day.
"Thinking of nurses worldwide & dear colleagues closer to home, your extraordinary compassion & expertise is valued & remembered today & will be for generations to come. Thanks for who you are and all you do on #IND2020 #YearoftheNursesandMidwife", she said.
Nurses are one of the main functions that make up the health care system in the UK and globally. It is about time, we showed how much as society we value our hard-working and dedicated nurses.