International Nurses Day, May 12, 2018
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, 2018 is:
NURSES: A VOICE TO LEAD - HEALTH IS A HUMAN RIGHT
For nurses, ‘Health is a Human Right’ means that all humans have the right to access affordable and quality health care at a time when they need it most. There are nurses working in everyday health care settings and the right to health applies to nurses as well. It is well known that improved quality and safety for patients depends on positive working environments for staff; that means the right to a safe working environment, adequate remuneration, and access to resources, and education. ICN advocates that the right to be heard and have a voice in decision making and policy development implementation.
“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.”
Annette Kennedy, President, International Council of Nurse
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.