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International Nurses Day: Role and Importance of Nurses

International Nurses Day helps us appreciate the role of nurses in medical care

Make sure to help the nursing community this International Nurses Day and beyond

International Nurses Day 2022 celebrations will be held on May 12

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Bajaj Finserv Health
May 11th, 2022
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The International Council of Nurses (ICN) celebrates International Nurses Day with the whole world on 12 May. This date marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The ICN has also launched a compilation of case studies for International Nurses Day to showcase the work nurses do every day.

The stories are highlighted on the official website and provide insights into the unique world of nurses. It also helps us realize the value of nurses and why it is important to celebrate their contribution to our health. Read on to learn more about the importance of International Nurses Day 2022 and the International Nurses Day theme.

International Nurses Day 2022 theme  

The International Nurses Day theme for 2022 is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health. This theme was chosen to help focus on the need to support, protect and provide more resources to the nursing profession [1]. This, in turn, will help strengthen health systems around the world.

The pandemic spotlighted the actual picture of the healthcare sector as nurses went through a variety of crises. They have been exposed to infection, confronted assaults from people in general, faced extremely hour working hours, and were or continue to be often undervalued and underpaid. International Nurses Day is celebrated to ensure nurses receive proper financial support and resources among the other important facilities [2].

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International Nurses Day 2022

Role of a nurse and their importance  

The job of a nurse is to provide care, support and back-up to people for improving their health or recovering from an illness. Other than this, there are other major roles of nurses to read about on International Nurses Day like: 

  • Recording medical history in detail with their side effects 
  • Working together in teams to make arrangements for patient care 
  • Advocating for the well-being and health of patients 
  • Screening patient’s health continuously and recording signs 
  • Managing prescriptions and medicines 
  • Working with a range of medical equipment Performing tests 
  • Teaching patients about management of diseases 
  • Providing overall support to a patient

Nurses are caregivers for patients and assist with overseeing the whole medical process including aftercare, and improvement in condition. All through the treatment interaction, nurses follow the progress of patients. They are answerable for the overall condition of patients, which includes the developmental, spiritual and cultural needs of an individual.

This kind of care and treatment are integral to improvement in health when we face any kind of illness or treatment. Nurses are the ones who administer the medicines and conduct blood or other tests, making them the first point of contact for you. Nurses have and will always be at the forefront of change in healthcare and public health.

International Nurses Day themes for the previous years

Ways in which we can help our nurses this International Nurses Day and beyond 

During this International Nurses Day and even after that, you can pledge to help the nurse community around you. Here are a few possible ways to do so.  

  • Follow proper protocols when in hospitals, like taking your medications and food on time based on what your nurse has instructed you 
  • Donate blood if you are eligible to help other patients under the care of nurses 
  • Talk to nurses to understand what you can do to help them or simply make them feel seen, heard and appreciated  
  • Donate to ICN or your local nursing associations  
  • Volunteer with nurses during medical camps as and when you can 
  • Don’t forget to thank your nurses [3] and wish them a Happy International Nurses Day on May 12!

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International Nurses Day is celebrated globally to recognize the nurses who are at the forefront of patient care and the healthcare ecosystem. As you observe this day, remember that days like these bring to our attention various facets of life that we may not think about on a daily basis. By celebrating days like World Health Day or World Liver Day, you can focus on important aspects of health or your body with care and attention.

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