This day is especially emotional as the focus is on
nurses and health workers, who are on the frontline of the response to COVID-19
across the world. They are the real heroes who risk their lives to save the
millions affected by COVID-19. They play a major role in providing high-quality,
respectful treatment and care, and leading community dialogue to address fears
We all depend on the resilience of nurses and their ability to deal with
everything thrown at them and still return the next day, or night, to do it all
over again. We depend on nurses’ conviction to treat us with their clinical
excellence every day, irrespective of the circumstances, but also to render that
care with compassion.
The lessons of Florence Nightingale’s nursing practice during the
Crimean War are still being applied today during the COVID-19 pandemic: practicing
basic hand washing, maintaining standards of cleanliness, learning from the
data, and more.
Today is International Nurses Day. It is a day that
always deserves to be celebrated, but now carries extra significance and
meaning as nurses continue to serve on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The dedication they show towards their job is marvellous and praiseworthy.
Nursing is not an easy job and those who dedicate their whole lives to serve in
this profession must be respected and celebrated.