International Nurses Day – 12th May 2021

Celebrating International Nurses Day – 12th May 2021.

International Nurses Day, is celebrated around the world on the 12th May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. In celebrating today’s health heroes in Africa, PATA calls for all nurses to be central to the conversation and for all governments to adopt long-term workforce plans, providing much needed tools, training and protection for those on the frontline!

Nurses are the designers of healthcare systems, not just the people who deliver it

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Investment in nursing jobs, education and leadership is an investment in every citizens’ health, safety, security, and peace

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Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A Vision for Future Healthcare by International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a report highlighting how nurses must be architects of future healthcare systems’ and recognizes that nurses have been at the heart of the HIV and COVID response, and it is nurses who have seen and experienced the full brunt of the weaknesses,  fragilities and fault-lines in our health systems.

Together with the ICN, PATA celebrates International Nurses Day and pays tribute to the world’s 27 million nurses who have shown exceptional courage, compassion, competence and leadership skills in the face of the pandemic. They have saved many lives but sadly thousands of them have sacrificed their lives. We remember them today and always.

ICN research suggests that 80% of nurses are suffering mental health issues, burn-out, depression, post traumatic stress disorder and COVID related violence

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13 million nurses will be needed to fill the global nursing shortages in the next few years.

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It is essential that governments ACT NOW to mitigate the risks of increased turn-over and improve nurse retention and focus on mental health of frontline staff. Investment, improved pay and conditions, and retention strategies are non-negotiable if we are to save our global health systems and continue to deliver HIV services and realize universal health care for all.

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