International Nurses’ Day is celebrated annually on May 12, in memory of the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, but also to honour nurses as an invaluable resource, and raise awareness of the challenges they face.
The theme for the 2022 resource is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health.
Throughout the pandemic, nurses have made great sacrifices, acted courageously and recommitted daily to tackle a global health threat that is unprecedented in modern times, serving as an indispensable pillar of support.
Around 80% of primary health care can be delivered by nurses, and the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly served as an important platform to reiterate how integral nurses are to the maintenance of routine health care delivery, while also responding to a global crisis.
The case for investing in nursing education, jobs and leadership is clear, and it’s time to commit to action. Many hospitals across the world observe International Nurses Week from May 6 to 12 and include several activities, including yoga sessions, seminars, webinars, campaigns, fun games, etc. as a part of it.