Health lives, and livelihoods in the region of the Americas have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, which has resulted in tremendous unemployment, poverty, and the exacerbation of historical disparities.
Human resources for health were also underinvested in and there was a dearth of tools to track the deployment, composition, and qualities of interprofessional health teams throughout the epidemic. It has become more and more difficult to recruit, deploy, protect, and retain health professionals, notably those on the front lines, as health systems have grown in scope and complexity.
There were four important policy areas covered by WHO’s Global Strategic Directions on Nursing and Midwifery 2021–25 in 2021: education; employment; leadership; and service.
Among its suggestions are:
1) train enough midwives and nurses to satisfy the demands of the general population; 3)
jobs, control migration, and keep midwives/nurses where they are most needed; 3)
Assist, respect, safeguard, inspire, equip, and encourage the health-care and educational systems’ nursing and midwifery leadership.
Nurses and midwives in the Americas play an important role in attaining health outcomes because of their extensive expertise, large workforce, and ability to reach out to vulnerable people and minority groups in distant locations.
Scarcity (particularly in distant locations), persistent and rising migration, hazardous and indecent working conditions, as well as non-competitive pay and lack of compliance with professional rules, exist.
On which day of the year is International Nurses Day?
Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12, is the day of International Nurses Day, which is commemorated across the globe. Every year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) produces and distributes IND materials and information as a way of commemorating this significant day.
Themes for the 2022 celebration of International Nurses Day
The topic for International Nurses Day (IND) 2022 has been announced by the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Nurses have a voice to be heard: For the sake of securing global health, it is imperative that we invest in nursing and uphold the fundamental human rights of nurses across the globe.
In honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12, International Nurses Day is marked each year by the ICN.
On the other hand, to show off the breadth and depth of the work that nurses undertake every day, ICN has assembled a collection of case studies from throughout the globe.
ICN and IND websites featured these stories throughout the year, which show how nurses cared for patients with COVID-19 and other illnesses during the pandemic, and how nurses cared for those with other ailments as well.
Nurses offer accessible, affordable, person-centered, holistic care for everyone, from newborns to the elderly, in hospitals, communities, and homes, for everything from noncommunicable illnesses to infectious diseases, mental health to chronic disorders.
Underfunding in health systems throughout the globe has been revealed by the COVID-19. It’s time to invest in nursing, establish a strong, well-trained nurse workforce and defend nurses’ rights to reform health systems to fulfill the needs of people and communities today and into the future, according to IND 2022’s theme
In an interview with ICN President Dr. Pamela Cipriano, she said:
“The epidemic has taken a heavy toll on nurses.” As a result of their exposure to the virus, they have been subjected to vicious assaults from the public, endured excessive workloads, and continue to be underpaid and devalued in the midst of these challenges.
The health systems of the world will suffer if governments continue to put off investing in the health workforce. Without a health care staff, there can be no health!
International Nurses Day (IND) is an opportunity to highlight the wonderful work of nurses, and our IND theme for 2022 will continue to promote nursing work and fight for nurses’ rights to a safe working environment, adequate remuneration, and full involvement in decision-making.