Everything you need to know about International Nurses Day 2021

12 May 2021 By Chanelle Wate

​International Nurses day is celebrated globally every year to acknowledge the achievements of the nursing profession, recognise innovation, and to explore what the healthcare system may look like in the future. Every year the World Health Organisation (WHO) joins hundreds of partners worldwide to highlight the importance of nurses in the healthcare community and show appreciation for what they do.

Nurses are at the centre of our healthcare industry and every year, the ICN chooses to celebrate this important event by choosing a theme, producing a range or resources to inform the public and support nurses, as well as urge countries to ensure that all healthcare workers have:

  • Unhindered access to protective equipment

  • Access to mental health support

  • Timely pay, sick leave and insurance

  • Up-to-date knowledge and guidance required to respond to health needs

  • Access to financial support

Why is International Nursing Day celebrated on 12th May?

On a day that celebrates nursing contributions that revolutionise public health, it seems prudent to mark this occasion on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth on 12th May. Nightingale’s attention to international research and developments revolutionised the way health care was administered and sparked the birth of modern nursing.

What is the theme for International Nurses Day 2021?

Following on from previous years, the overarching theme for International Nurses Day is Nurses: A Voice to Lead and the sub-theme for 2021 is A Vision For Future Healthcare. This year’s theme reflects the importance of nursing leadership and nurses’ response to Covid-19, as citizens across the globe take a moment to recognise the incredible work that they do.

Covid-19: Nursing is in the spotlight like never before

Covid-19 has shone a spotlight on the value of nursing and the important role nurses play in caring for our society. It is clear that the public perception of nursing has changed dramatically, as many continue to applaud their efforts weekly.

ICN CEO, Howard Catton has said “what the pandemic has also done is given us the opportunity to call for a reset and the opportunity to explore new models of care where nurses are at the centre of our health systems.”

Recognising their exceptional commitment, Catton also added that Covid-19 has exposed several weaknesses in world healthcare systems and the enormous pressure nurses are working under. This year’s theme will address important topics in the nursing profession such as:

  • Burnout and stress

  • The shortage of nurses

  • Retaining nurses

  • A retiring generation of nurses

  • Covid-19 deaths and infections among all healthcare workers

A warm “thank you” from Medical Staffing this International Nurses Day

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