Those of us within the healthcare space recognize the term “Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020.” This was the year to celebrate nurses and nursing like never before. As 2020 comes to an end, we recognize those who have risen to meet the challenges of the most prolific pandemic since 1918. The nursing community came together like never before. The courageous work of nurses across the country and around the globe has been featured on social media, in the press, and recognized where it matters most – on the frontline.
Covid-19 did not hold us back; celebrations of Nurses’ Week were virtual but strong. Many Nursing Associations offered continuing education programs free of charge or at dramatically reduced rates. Hospitals and health systems provided the administrative support needed to keep our respective ships afloat. A survey of nurses at all levels demonstrated an innate belief in the system; nurses were positive about the level of support received from leadership. The supply chain did not present problems for some, while others experienced intense shortages that compromised their safety.
While the number of cases escalates, and while ICUs are overwhelmed, the light shines brightly on nurses and nursing. In this “Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020” we mourn our losses and celebrate our successes. Florence Nightingale made her mark on the world and the profession by caring for patients under extraordinary circumstances. More than two centuries later, we are doing the same. To our global partners, thanks for allowing us to provide programs and services that support your needs and your communities. Enjoy a safe, healthy holiday season, and may we continue to advocate for patients and the profession throughout 2021 and beyond. We may be separated by miles and mountains, but we are masked-up and unstoppable!