On International Nurses Day (12 May) we want to celebrate our wonderful nurses who fulfil such an important role at Yooralla.
The day brings a great opportunity to acknowledge and thank each and every one of our nurses, and to remind them that their hard work and commitment to our customers does not go unnoticed.
It also offers us a chance to pause and reflect on the remarkable role our nurses play in advancing the health and wellbeing of our customers, in some cases – customers with complex health and disability needs.
International Nurses Day was first declared on 12 May 1974 by the International Council of Nurses, to celebrate the birth date of Florence Nightingale – the founder of the nursing profession.
This year carries a particular significance to the nursing community, as 2020 was designated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife, as it coincides with the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth.
This year’s theme, Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health, could not be more fitting for 2020 in the face of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The theme demonstrates that nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges, and act as a critical pillar that health systems around the world rely on.
There are currently almost 380,000 nurses working across Australia today and International Nurses Day aims to raise the profile of the profession and attract a new generation into the nursing family.
On behalf of the entire Yooralla community – thank you for the work that you do. Happy International Nurses Day!