Contributed by Nurse Next Door Written By: by Amy Clark, BSN, RN, Certified Dementia Practitioner Director of Nursing
2020 has been designated the Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization (WHO). This year was chosen to honor the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. For the 17th year in a row, nursing has been chosen as the most trustworthy profession!! According to the WHO, the world needs nine million nurses by the year 2030. Their hope is that by highlighting nurses this year, awareness will be raised and more programs can be put in place to recruit and train nurses and midwives. The value a nurse brings to a patient’s health cannot be measured. Nurses are the backbone of healthcare and are often the first person to identify a disparity in their clients and their communities.
We are so very honored to have amazing nurses on staff here at Nurse Next Door! Our nurses are in the best position to care for our clients holistically. Nurses who work in clients’ homes get to see the big picture. They are able to pick up on the small things that truly keep a patient safe and healthy at home. The nurses monitor the clients for their ability to grocery shop, bathe, dress themselves, and prepare meals. They see if the client isn’t able to open mail, pay bills, or care for their pets. Our nurses are masters in assisting our clients and their families to help keep the client safe and independent at home. Nurse Next Door nurses truly embody all of the good things that the WHO is celebrating in 2020!
For more information on the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, visit the WHO’s link (https://www.who.int/campaigns/year-of-the-nurse-and-the-midwife-2020) on events and how to celebrate. Be sure to say thank you to all the nurses in your life and help them celebrate this special occasion. I know Florence would be so proud of this noble profession!