Today, 12th May 2022, is International Nurses Day. Nurses play an important part in people's general health and and well-being, but until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, nurses have not been treated with the respect they deserve.
Case in point is International Nurses Day, where not much is known, or much thought given, but their contribution and sacrifice during this pandemic somewhat elevated peoples appreciation and recognition for the work they do.
Now, because of the pandemic, International Nurses Day is more important than ever. It has become clear that nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system in hospitals, giving continuous care to patients.
Their multifaceted function entails doing a variety of activities at work, which, as highlighted during the pandemic, comes with considerable risk not to just themselves but to those closest to them like family and friends.
Every year on May 12, the World over commemorates International Nurses Day, which coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) began commemorating International Nurses Day in 1965. The legendary Florence Nightingale's birthday falls on this day. She was a statistician, social reformer, and English nurse. She rose to prominence as a nurse manager and educator during the Crimean War, becoming a pillar of contemporary nursing.
Today we say thank you to our nurses, and acknowledge the important role they play, and continue to play, during the current COVID-19 outbreak in the country.