The Year of The NURSE
At last, the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the International Year of The Nurse! - Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said:
“Nurses and midwives are the backbone of every health system: in 2020 we’re calling on all countries to invest in nurses and midwives as part of their commitment to health for all.”
When was the last time you had a nurse's support or care? Was it when she explained what the doctor had just said to you and your family that you didn't really understand? Was it when she put her arms around you for a hug when you felt alone and uncertain? Was it when she gave you advice about how to care for your loved one in a way that was easier for you or more comforting to them? Was it when she explained the complex procedure that was about to happen to you?
Nurses are everywhere and play a vital role in the workforce. We are care providers in a healthcare environment where it seems there is more health-business than health-care. Women make up 70% of the nursing workforce, often while juggling motherhood and management of her family.
Nurses are often, the first and only point of care in their communities. According to The World Health Organization, "the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030". As we face a global crisis with the coronavirus, you know who will be doing the bulk of care of the people affected...nurses.
Reach out today and thank a nurse. Share your story of how a nurse positively impacted your life. I am grateful for the women and men who so unselfishly give of themselves to others. At last, the whole world is saying "thank you"! I add my deep appreciation to all of you!