The year 2020 has been designated by the World Health Organization as the “international year of the nurse.” The dedication is in tandem with the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. Florence, also known as ‘the lady with the lamp,’ is a famous nurse credited with raising nursing standards and thereby inventing modern nursing.
The importance of work that nurses do has made them an indispensable part of the healthcare system. It is impossible for a healthcare service to work without a nurse. These professionals are the first ones that a patient interacts with, and they always cater to the needs of individuals, families, and communities. Their aim is to always attain optimal health levels for these groups of people.
The “international year of the nurse” is, therefore, worth celebrating by caregivers worldwide and those who appreciate their work for many reasons.
10 Reasons to celebrate nurses in 2020
Here are the 10 reasons to celebrate nurses this year:
- Nurses are always valuable
They provide services with compassion, selflessness, and love. Despite working long shifts and the demanding nature of their jobs, they continue to give themselves to meeting their clients’ needs. This year is, therefore, designated to reflect on their passionate work.
- Nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals
The World Health Organization puts the number of nurses at over 20 million worldwide. All these nurses dedicate their lives to providing quality healthcare in their resident healthcare systems. Celebrating their contribution is important in boosting their morale and motivating other people to join the profession.
- Impact in the healthcare system
Nurses provide the crucial link between optimum healthcare and the people who require these services. They are the face of healthcare as they disseminate crucial information to clients as well as provide appropriate services to different client’s needs.
- Impact on sustainable development goals
The nursing profession has provided an avenue for the achievement of sustainable development goals. People who take up nursing elevate their levels of income and thereby achieve economic development. More importantly, the gender equity goal is achieved as more women enroll for the profession.
- Impact on universal health coverage
Universal health coverage is efficient, sufficient, and accessible healthcare for all people. Nurses have continued to provide the contact point between the dissemination of universal health coverage and the people to help mitigate the determinants of health affecting its reach.
- Release of the World Nursing Report
This is the first-ever comprehensive report on the state of nursing globally which will be released on World Health Day, on 7, April 2020 prior to the 73rd World Health Assembly. It seeks to describe the important role of nursing in achieving the GPW13, which is largely based on the sustainable development goals. The report is an important milestone that makes this year even more special for the nurses.
- Recognition of the nursing shortfall
Despite the large nurse workforce, the world still experiences a large shortfall of these professionals and this year provides an avenue to bring the issue to the global stage. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, for instance, the United States needs over 200,000 nursing professionals every year and this is hardly achieved, further reducing the nurse to patient ratio.
- The climax of the Nursing Now Campaign
The Nursing Now Campaign seeks to increase the space for nursing advocacy in creating sound health policies and the sharing of best practices. It was started in 2018 under the championship of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and will culminate in 2020. This campaign provides the space for celebrating the nursing profession and appreciating its impact on society.
- Investment in the nursing practice
The year 2020 provides the platform to share the need for more investment in nursing by all stakeholders if the sustainable goals and universal healthcare are to be achieved. The World Health Assembly seeks to celebrate the nursing profession as well as advocate for its future needs by calling on governments to increase their investment in nursing.
- The nursing commemoration
The nursing profession is a calling to serve humanity. The nurses deserve elevation and recognition for providing vital healthcare services. The nurses are usually celebrated in the month of May. However, this year, in the United States, for instance, the nurses’ week in May has been extended to cover the entire month to provide enough time to celebrate the nurses.
The year 2020 is indeed the year of the nurse, and there are many reasons to celebrate nurses. Their impact spans across an entire person’s life. Therefore, we should take time to celebrate these caregivers this year because they are truly angels in comfortable shoes.