International Nurses Day, a day to celebrate the dauntless and dextrous nurses across the globe.
For it was on this day in 1820 that Florence Nightingale, perhaps the world’s most famous nurse, was born.
This is the day when the entire nursing fraternity of the world pays respect to Florence Nightingale, the English nurse, social reformer and a statistician who founded the key pillars of modern nursing.
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Sadly, when it comes to healthcare the people run to and hail the doctors, which is their justified due, but in the process, often the nurses are relegated to the side-lines.
While the doctor looks into the issue, operates on the patient and stitches up the otherwise irrecoverable wounds, it is the follow-up done by the nurses, their intense care, comfort and serving which brings back health into the bones of the ailing patients.
The theme for this year’s International Nurses Day is ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A Vision for Future Healthcare’.
Nurses serve us in fighting hopefully against the seemingly invincible COVID-19 pandemic. Standing shoulder to shoulder with the doctors and assisting humanity in the noblest way possible, the nurses ought to be celebrated, thanked and prayed for, each day and not just one.
International Nurses Day: An ode to Florence Nightingale
Serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale came into the limelight. Throughout the war, she performed the duties of a manager and trainer of nurses and her efforts were paramount in organising care for wounded soldiers at Constantinople.
The selfless work in the field of nursing got a favourable reputation for the profession and she became an icon of Victorian culture. In 1860, the foundation of modern nursing was laid with the establishment of Nightingale’s nursing school at St Thomas Hospital in London.
It was the first secular nursing school in the world which later became part of King’s College London. T
ill date, because of her unflinching servitude which stands as exemplary , the Nightingale Pledge is taken by new nurses, and the Florence Nightingale Medal which is the highest international recognition for nurses, is named in her honour. She also made efforts for improving the health condition of all sections of British society, advocated for better hunger relief for India, and helped in abolishing prostitution laws in Britain that were considered harsh for women.
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Role of caregivers amid the global pandemic
The dreadful and crushing pandemic of the novel coronavirus in 2020 and 2021, has shown us some of the grimmest days in the history of mankind.
A span of about two years commencing since the pandemic began in 2020, has made the world witness over 160 million coronavirus cases and over 3 million deaths worldwide.
The pandemic has burdened our health infrastructure unlike ever before.
Against the shell-shocking horrors of the pandemic, the workers of medical institutions — doctors, nurses and others — have been at the forefront, fighting the virus and redeeming lives.
Nurses form the core and spine of our healthcare system, risking their lives each day as they step into hospitals and clinics toppling over with COVID-19 patients, for months.
According to ICN, more than 1.6 million health workers in 34 countries were infected by COVID-19 as of December 31, 2020.
Especially, today in the present dire scenario, the International Nurses Day 2021 voices a massive debt of mankind to express a deep sense of gratitude toward the nurses and health workers around the world.