International Nurses Day: Nurses: A voice to lead – Nursing the World to Health
International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Theme for International Nurses Day 2020 is Nursing the World to Health, focusing on the true value of nurses to the people of the world. This year International Nursing Day celebrations is special because the World Health Organization has designated 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health demonstrates how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges. It will encourage nurses and the public to celebrate the big day, but also provide information and resources that will help to raise the profile of the profession throughout the year and attract a new generation into the nursing family.
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.
In the occasion of International Nursing Day, WHO urge countries to ensure:
- the occupational safety and health of nurses and all health workers, including notably, unhindered access to personal protective equipment so they can safely provide care and reduce infections in health care settings.
- nurses and all health care workers have access to mental health support, timely pay, sick leave and insurance; as well as access to the most up-to-date knowledge and guidance required to respond to all health needs, including outbreaks.
- nurses are given the financial support and other resources required to help respond to and control COVID-19 and future outbreaks
Source of info: WHO & ICN