While the world observes International Nurses Day today, let us remember all the wonderful nurses who have been working continuously, risking their lives in these difficult times of the Covid-19 pandemic.

May 12th is the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, known as the founder of modern nursing. ICN, The International Council of Nurses celebrates Nurses day with a particular theme every year, and this year the theme is ‘Voice to lead,- A vision for future healthcare.

Notably, nurses are continuously providing high-quality care to all the patients often without breaks. There is an acute shortage of nurses all over the world wherein India it is 1.7 nurses to 1000 people where at least 3 nurses per 1000 people are the minimum required.

I feel we all complain a lot about the discomfort of wearing a small face mask every day. But these healthcare workers have been working day and night in full PPEs for more than a year.

In my opinion, nurses are absolute angels. They stay strong enough to tolerate anything and become soft enough to understand anyone. They have an innate desire to care, serve, and help others. Nurses are there when we take our first breaths. Nurses are there when we take our last breath as well. The comfort they provide in pain and suffering contributes to reducing the patient’s misery, promoting better recovery.

In a word, nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system. They deserve more respect and appreciation in the healthcare setup like all other healthcare workers for their hard work and selfless service.

Happy Nurses Day to all the amazing nurses out there.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring; all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” —Leo Buscaglia


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