Today is international nurses day
Today is international nurses day. On top of that I don't have to work today!
International nurses day is celebrated on Florence Nightingale's birthday every year and it is supposed to celebrate the achievements of nurses worldwide. Unfortunately very few people even recognise it as being a thing, but I did get some nice emails from my union and the NMC.
To me what is most important about international nurses day is recognising the contributions of nurses who work in countries where nursing, or even healthcare is at its most basic. There are still some countries where nurses come straight out of school and go on the wards to do what the doctor tells them to do, nothing more nothing less. They have no autonomy, no ability to question the doctor, no ability to make clinical decisions and frankly often none of the knowledge needed to make them. Nurse education around the world is changing, and people actually have to qualify as a nurse in most parts of the world now. That is thanks to many nurses giving up their time to volunteer to go to these countries and participate in the education programmes, something I would love to do but unfortunately cannot afford to.
International nurses day should celebrate the people who make a difference to the profession. It really doesn't need to celebrate people like me who are just doing their job.
I have a genuine interest in nurse education, I would love to further my own education but again I cant afford to do this just now - I earn just over the threshold to qualify for any help with post graduate fees and I certainly cant afford to pay them myself. I would also consider a move into nurse education when I feel that my time on the wards is at an end. Maybe one day I will be able to say that I made a difference too.