2016 International Nurses Day!

2016 International Nurses Day!

Why is International Nurses Day  celebrated around the world  on 12th May every year?  This  date is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The International Council of Nurses sets the theme for each year and in 2016 it is Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving health systems’ resilience

The theme reflects “ICN’s commitment for action to strengthen and improve health systems around the world. It leverages the contribution that nurses can make and acknowledges that as a profession we reach people that other practitioners never see both in urban and in rural and remote communities. In short, global health cannot be achieved without nurses and without our proactive contributions and participation at all levels of the healthcare system.”

In part the ICN identifies “You may wonder how you as a nurse can help to strengthen health systems around the world. As a member of the single largest group of health professionals, with a presence in all settings, nurses can make an enormous impact on the resilience of health systems. Every decision that you make in your practice can make a significant difference in the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire system.”

“It is imperative that we identify in our organisations and in ourselves, opportunities to strengthen and develop resilience. By promoting the nursing voice, we can help guide improvements in the quality of health service delivery and inform health systems strengthening. Nurses’ input into health sector policies will help ensure that supportive work environments for practice are taken into account when policies are reformed”.

I have enclosed link to the report  published by the International Council of Nurses  that supports the Key Message for 2016. Its quite a thought provoking report and I’m sure all Nurses will find it an interesting read. Australia is specifically mentioned   on occasion within the report. It’s timely that today we review the ICN’s definition of Nursing and perhaps take a few moments to consider how we are each positively contributing to our wonderful profession!

Definition of Nursing

“Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people. Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, and education are also key nursing roles”. (ICN 2002)

As Nurses we are part of a unique and critical profession within our communities. On International Nurses Day take a few minutes to recognise the life changing work that Nurses and do and give consideration to how you and your peers can be an active part of the   solution to achieve better health for all in a cost effective and care effective way.

The theme reflects “ICN’s commitment for action to strengthen and improve health systems around the world. It leverages the contribution that nurses can make and acknowledges that as a profession we reach people that other practitioners never see both in urban and in rural and remote communities. In short, global health cannot be achieved without nurses and without our proactive contributions and participation at all levels of the healthcare system.”

“It is prudent to make best use of available resources. Nurses, as the single largest component of the health workforce, are well positioned to do more with less while providing quality care and optimal patient outcomes. It is imperative that nurses develop a proper understanding of health care financing, budgeting, resource allocation and strategic planning. Such competencies will facilitate nurses’ participation in policy making and resource allocations in order to lead from the frontline as the force for change and as cost effective and care effective professionals.”

I have enclosed the link to the document  published by the International Council of Nurses  that supports the Key Message for 2016.. Its quite a thought provoking report and I’m sure all Nurses will find it an interesting read!

As Nurses we are part of a unique and critical profession within our communities. On International Nurses Day take a few minutes to recognise the life changing work that Nurses and do and give consideration to how you and your peers can be an active part of the   solution to achieve better health for all in a cost effective and care effective way.

Happy International Nurses Day!

The Nurses for Nurses Network provides great information and CPD in a range  of easy learning ways on the  latest information that Nurses need to know – remember the Nurses for Nurses Network was created by Australian Nurses for Nurses !  www.nursesfornurses.com.au

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