International Nurses Day 2019
International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated on May 12 every year worldwide. IND is organized by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, the founder of modern nursing. The day signifies the contribution of nurses towards people’s health with a new theme each year. The theme for May 12, 2019 is:
Nurses: A voice to lead – Health for All
“Health for All means that health is brought into reach of everyone in a given country.” Health here stands not just for the availability of health services, but a complete state of physical and mental health that enables a person to lead a socially and economically productive life.
Nurses all over the world every day are advocating for Health for All in the most challenging circumstances with limited resources to deliver health care to those most in need. As the largest health profession across the world, working in all areas where health care is provided, nursing has vast potential and value if appropriately harnessed to finally achieve the vision of Health for All.
“This International Nurses Day, let us join together to share how nurses are transforming health care and health systems so that no person is left behind. Let us join our voices together to be a voice to lead by supporting a people–centred approach to care and health systems, and ensuring our voices are heard in influencing health policy, planning and provision.”
By Annette Kennedy, President, International Council of Nurse
Nearly 50% of global health workforce is constituted by nurses and midwives.
There is a global shortage of health workers and the largest shortages of nurses and midwives are in South East Asia and Africa.
To reach Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health and well-being, the world will need an additional 9 million nurses and midwives by the year 2030.
Nurses play a critical role in health promotion, disease prevention and delivering primary and community care, and care in emergency settings
They will be key to the achievement of universal health coverage.
Nurses have many roles in communities and health care facilities; they provide personal care and manage treatment, work with families and communities, and play a central part in public health and controlling disease and infection. It includes the promotion of health, the prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people.
Universal health coverage (UHC) can be achieved with the support of the nurses as they have the potential to make significant contributions to meet the health care needs of various population groups in a variety of community settings in the country.
- PUBLISHED DATE : May 12, 2019
- PUBLISHED BY : NHP Admin
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