International Nurses Day is an international event celebrated around the world on 12th May as the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s and also to mark the contribution of nurses towards our society. The event of International Nurses Day was established by the International Council of Nurses in 1974 to highlight the important role of nurses in health care.
Also, this year it will be the 201st anniversary of Nightingale’s birth the International Council of Nurses is planning a wide range of activities to promote the importance of Nurses in our healthcare.
Theme of International Nurses Day 2021 – A Vision for Future Healthcare.
Every year the International Council of Nurses decides the theme for International Nurses Day which focuses on the need and role of nurses. This year the theme of International Nurses Day 2021 is Nurses: A Voice to Lead –A Vision for Future Healthcare.
The theme of International Nurses Day 2021 (#IND2021) today has been declared by the International Council of Caregivers (ICN). The overarching theme for IND is the Nurses: A Voice to Lead, following on from previous years. A vision for future healthcare is the sub-theme of 2021.
“This global COVID-19 pandemic has shown to the world the critical role that nurses play in keeping patients safe throughout their lifetimes,” said Annette Kennedy, President of the International Council of Nurses. “While the healthcare system has suffered major changes, substantial innovations have also increased access to healthcare. In 2021, the emphasis will be on reforms, creativity and how the future of health care will be defined.”
The theme illustrates how nurses can overcome a wide range of health issues. It invites nurses and the general public to enjoy a wonderful day and also offers information and services to help increase visibility and draw a new generation of nursing families during the year.
As this year the world is facing global pandemic, nurses and health workers are playing an important role in saving the lives of the patient. They are putting their lives at risk to tackle COVID-19, and all the countries and institutions will work together to protect our healthcare workers and save the lives of patients.
Nurses must be properly supported with necessary protective equipment with proper testing and physical and mental assistance so that they can take care of themselves and for the patients.
Who was Florence Nightingale?
Florence Nightingale was a British nurse, born on 12th May in1820 in Florence (Italy). She was known as the fundamental philosopher of modern nursing, also she was always known as Lady with the Lamp.
Importance of International Nurses Day
International Nurses Day emphasizes that health care workers plays an important role in which nurses make an invaluable contribution to public health around the world. Nurses deserve to be involved with public policies because of their uniqueness in dealing with patients from birth to death.
Nursing is the largest healthcare profession and also the key factor in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal. Nurses are provided with multiple training programs to protect patients’ health and well-being. International Nurses Day is celebrated across the world which awakes the recognition of the profession of the nursing industry as well as its contribution to the health care system.
- About 50% workforce of global health is constituted by nurses and midwives.
- There is a global scarcity of health workers, also South-East Asia and Africa have become the major countries with shortages of nurses and midwives.
- In health promotion, disease prevention including primary and community care, and emergency care, nurses play a vital role.
- Nurses and midwifes are the key to achieve Universal Health Coverage.
- The world will need an additional 9 million nurses and midwives by 2030 to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health and healthy living.