International Nurses Day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s (also known as Lady with the Lamp) birth 200 years ago in 1820. In honour of this incredible and legendary woman, International Nurses Day celebrates the invaluable contribution made by nurses all over the world.
This year there has been more acknowledgement of the many sacrifices nurses make and recognition of their contributions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is my hope that this greater acknowledgement will not be once-off when we eventually come out of this pandemic. The International Nurses Day theme this year is “nursing the world to health” which could not be more apt during this time.
To nurses across the world, thank you for your commitment, passion and kindness that so often goes unnoticed. Thank you for all you do to heal physically and mentally.
“Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses… we must be learning all of our lives.” – Florence Nightingale
Yours in Adapting & Being