The World Health Organization has also designated 2020 as the YEAR OF THE NURSE AND MIDWIFE in honor of the 200thanniversary of her birthday.
The theme this year is NURSES: A VOICE TO LEAD-NURSING THE WORLD TO HEALTH. Nursing Week recognizes dedicated NP’s, Mid-Wives, RN’s, and RPN’s.
In the weeks since the COVID 19 crisis has unfolded, nurses, alongside other healthcare workers, have emerged as leaders and as heroes on the frontlines in this pandemic battle. Not one nurse in any particular town city or country, are doing anything different in this fight. This theme, like no other in the past, rings true. This pandemic , as awful as it has become, has highlighted nursing as a profession. Across the world, people are standing on their balconies, applauding their dedication and bravery , as well as all other health care professionals and staff. This pandemic has shown the world what nurses do best, which is to provide exemplary care to all our patients, no matter the circumstances. Nurses will continue to demonstrate leadership, knowledge and a voice, while also caring for our colleagues and the public who have been impacted directly and indirectly by COVID 19.
Nurses are often working quietly in the background, never looking for a pat on the back for the job they do. But now more than ever, we, as nurses, should use this time we have been given, to shine even brighter, so that we can get through these uncertain times and lead our community, our country and the world to back to health. “Health is not only to be well, but to be able to use well, every power we have to use” – Florence Nightingale.
During nurses week, we would have celebrated together by holding our annual nurses dinner. This year, the Registered Practical Nurses , along with PSW’s were to organize this event. Unfortunately, we have decided, in keeping with social distancing, we will postpone the dinner until 2021. The best gift to us would be for everyone to stay home, stay safe and stay healthy so we can continue to provide the best care to the community we love!
Denise Bussineau RPN- #proud to be a nurse, #LDHC