The pandemic has made it glaringly evident that the entire world has come together to fight a war against a virus, and that doctors and nurses are at the forefront of it. As such, it becomes important to show gratitude to them. Today is one such day wherein we can celebrate healthcare workers, mainly our nurses.
International Nurses Day is commemorated every year on May 12, on the occasion of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. She is considered to be the founder of modern nursing.
In many countries, nurses make up half of all health care professionals and play a vital role ensure our health and safety. pic.twitter.com/FlL4pa8XJP
— UN Women (@UN_Women) May 12, 2021
Dr Minimole Varghese, chief nursing officer, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, and Dr Mohini Chandrashekhar, chief nursing officer, Hiranandani Hospital Vashi, a Fortis associate say that amid the pandemic, “a typical day in the life of a nurse on the Covid war-front is filled with great uncertainty and a constant marathon”.
“Every single shift has the potential to be momentous, exhilarating, exhausting, energising. On any given day, nurses can see people at their weakest and most vulnerable, or at their strongest and most resolute. Besides, a single breach in infection prevention practice can cause life-threatening infections to a patient, especially for critical Covid patients, who are immuno-compromised considering the use of steroids, raised blood glucose levels, and use of medications that suppress immunity,” they explain.
— BRIT Awards (@BRITs) May 11, 2021
According to the International Council of Nurses — which commemorates the day every year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses’ Day (IND) resources and evidence — the theme for the 2021 resource is ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead — A vision for future healthcare‘. This year, the council seeks to show “how nursing will look into the future as well as how the profession will transform the next stage of healthcare”.
Dr Varghese and Dr Chandrashekhar explain that nurses are an integral part of the disaster management team.
Your work through the pandemic has shattered outdated stereotypes of nursing. Today, on Nurses’ Day, we’re sharing your stories of outstanding patient care. #NursesDayhttps://t.co/KcE26jtDDe pic.twitter.com/IsfwJGdVJM
— The RCN (@theRCN) May 12, 2021
“They are the ones who triage (sort) patients on their arrival, which requires the right knowledge and critical thinking, and depending on their assessment, the doctors begin treatment. Nurses are vital in mobilising resources, ensuring appropriate patient monitoring, and providing the right care to needy patients. They are also a major part of decision-making when it comes to risk mitigation.”
International Nurses Day is a day to express gratitude to the hardworking nursing staff, who is at the forefront of fighting COVID-19. Their sense of duty, compassion and commitment towards a healthy India is exemplary.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 12, 2021
In this pandemic, the doctors say infection control nurses are empowered to collect and analyse data from COVID-19 patients. “They are the ones who collate and send data to local authorities for notification of COVID-19 patients. Mass sensitisation drives are also helmed by them by actively taking part in webinars, online sessions in order to create awareness regarding prevention and management of COVID-19 pandemic.”
Here are some other posts of netizens honoring nurses:
Inarguably, one of the hardest working groups during the pandemic. Nurses have been the backbone of our health infrastructure, saving innumerable lives.
— Kulmeet Bawa (@kulmeetbawa) May 12, 2021
This International Nurses Day, let’s salute our incredible nurses for their hard work, dedication and the invaluable role they play in people’s lives, especially in this pandemic. Thank you nurses🙏
Happy #InternationalNursesDay2021 to all the wonderful and hardworking nurses! pic.twitter.com/pwCLw2xBxh
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) May 12, 2021
I want to express deep gratitude for the dedicated work you do,day after day ,everyday. your service to the mankind is priceless#InternationalNursesDay2021
— Revanth Reddy (@revanth_anumula) May 12, 2021