Int’l Nurses Day: Visionaries in future healthcare
Published: 12:24 PM, 12 May 2021 Updated: 12:24 PM, 12 May 2021
International Nurses Day today; Photo: Collected
International Nurses Day is being observed today (May 12) across the world including Bangladesh as a day of recognition and respect for nurses who are serving unique responsibilities in human service.
The theme of this year’s Nurses Day – “Nurses: A Voice to Lead- A Vision for Future Healthcare”.
Nurses Day is celebrated in honor of Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing.
The day also happens to be the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, an English nurse who was also a social reformer and a statistician.
International Nurses Day has been celebrated by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) since 1965. The day has been celebrated officially and unofficially in Bangladesh since 1974.
Almost 12 years before 1965, Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, proposed to observe ‘Nurses’ Day’, however, it was not approved.
Almost 20 years later, in January 1974, May 12 was chosen as the Nurses’ Day to celebrate the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
This year’s International Nurses Day has greater significance due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They are working tirelessly to treat patients and become the backbone of every hospital and healthcare system around the world.
In Bangladesh, 24 nurses died of COVID and 2800 nurses were infected while battling against the pandemic. The patients are being deprived of proper services due to acute nurse crises in the country.
The WHO requires 3 registered nurses for 1 doctor. However, the number of nurses in Bangladesh is less than the number of doctors. The Society for Nurses Safety and Rights urges the government to take urgent steps to address the crisis in the country’s health sector on an emergency basis and to take urgent steps to address all the existing problems of nurses.