THE resilience and commitment of Irish nurses during the pandemic and beyond was commended on International Nurses Day.
The annual event is held around the world to commemorate those who work in the profession, held on Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Paying tribute to all nurses working in Ireland’s healthcare sector, Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly said: “I am delighted to celebrate International Nurses Day with you today.
“I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the professionalism and ongoing commitment that nurses across Ireland have shown in the care of patients, particularly over the past two years.
“Nurses offer care and compassion to patients and their families at the most difficult times in their lives.
“When you consider the impact and truly positive impact you are making on healthcare today, you can be justifiably proud of your profession and the difference you are making in patients’ lives.”
Meanwhile, Carolyn Donohoe, Director of Education, Policy and Standards at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), said: “Although this day is set aside for 24 hours each year to pay tribute to those in our profession, I know of mine own experience that we strive to provide valuable patient experiences throughout the year.
“So I want to recognize you all for an outstanding profession as you contribute 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to our healthcare services.”
Ms Donohue, who entered the profession as a nursing student in her early 20s, said: “I stepped foot into the classroom or ‘block’ as some of us would know it, it was like turning a key in an internal lock and I knew I was home. And that’s why nursing is one of those jobs where you’ll thrive if you love what you do.”
She commended Irish nurses for going above and beyond the call of duty during the pandemic.
“Over the past two years you have once again demonstrated a resilience and dedication that has taken the profession to higher levels than we thought attainable as you worked through a pandemic and continued to provide the highest levels of care, compassion and dedication.
“That does not surprise me. As someone who has followed the career path from student to ward nurse to ICU and then to management (with a little fling to Australia) I have seen firsthand the professionalism of so many wonderful colleagues,” she wrote in a personal message to the nursing staff.
“In my role at NMBI, I feel privileged to be able to help shape our professions for the future to achieve even better outcomes for patients while maintaining the core of what we do.
“So my message to you, my fellow nurses, is: keep learning. Advance your career. The sky is the limit. On this very special day – Happy International Nurses Day.”
Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health, said: “As we celebrate International Nurses Day 2022, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the contribution of Irish nurses working at home and abroad, all overseas nurses who who work in the Irish healthcare system and who now call Ireland home, and all our fellow nurses who work in all parts of the world.
“This year, we are more aware of how never before has the nursing workforce been critical to care delivery at so many levels throughout the system, including frontline, leadership and management of teams, conducting research, informing evidence-based practice, influencing development and Implementing policies and educating future generations of nurses and midwives.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/international-day-of-the-nurse-praise-for-health-workers-resilience-and-dedication-during-pandemic-and-beyond-41642249.html International Nurses Day: Praise the “resilience and dedication” of health workers during the pandemic and beyond