CFN – We at CFN and our MPP Jim McDonell would like to salute all nurses on International Nursing Day
and International Nursing Week!
While doctors may have solutions it’s nurses that care for us. I still can remember the one time I was in intensive care and waking up.
Graham, my nurse, helped me through a critical period. Good nurses have an impact that simply is not matched in this world.
From cradle to end of life nurses play such a huge role in our lives and rarely are appreciated to the degree that so many of them deserve.
Overworked, and usually underpaid we all should take a moment and think about how nurses have impacted our own lives and if you are lucky enough to have any in your family or friends thank them and let you know you appreciate the dedication and sacrifice that they have made to make our lives better in our most urgent of times.
Nursing Week is timed to the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC (pron.: /ˈflɒrəns ˈnaɪtɨŋɡeɪl/; 12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was a celebrated English social reformer andstatistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” after her habit of making rounds at night.
Early 21st century commentators have asserted Nightingale’s achievements in the Crimean War had been exaggerated by the media at the time, to satisfy the public’s need for a hero. But her later achievements remain widely accepted. In 1860, Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. It was the first secular nursing school in the world, now part of King’s College London. The Nightingale Pledge taken by new nurses was named in her honour, and the annual International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on her birthday
Do you have any tributes you’d like to make to that special nurse in your life? You can post yours below.