How will you celebrate International Nurses' Day?
International Nurses' Day on Wednesday 12 May – the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth – is a time for reflection but also a day of celebration of the essential role of the nurse. This year, as we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I think it is even more important to pause to think about our roles as nurses wherever we are in the UK. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) announce a theme for International Nurses' Day each year: the theme for 2021 is ‘Nurses: A voice to lead’, with a sub-theme of ‘A vision for future healthcare’ (ICN, 2020).
General practice has had to adapt to the pandemic and the seismic shift in care delivery as we have moved to more remote consultations, setting up hot hubs, managing the impact of the pandemic on patients, continuing to deliver essential services to our patients and leading the COVID-19 vaccination programme roll out. This shift continues to have a huge impact on the work of general practice nurses (GPNs), but we have risen to the challenge through our knowledge, our quest for providing high quality care, our ability to lead and manage teams, and our compassion for patients. GPNs have shown their ability to adapt to the changes in practice that the pandemic has caused, some of which look likely to continue for some time.
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