International Nurses Day 2020 is one to remember.
Each year on May 12, International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world, but without a doubt the one we’re living today will be one of the most noted occasions of all time. In what is the bicentennial of the birth of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) – considered the forerunner of modern professional nursing – we may not be able to do a huge amount to celebrate it, but we’re feeling more gratitude than ever.
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp relief the invaluable work and the constant struggle that nurses carry out every day, being some of the true unsung heroes of the pandemic. Battling exhaustion, PPE shortages, and a highly stressful working environment, they’ve been one of the crucial parts of the NYC health system in helping to treat patients and keep the virus numbers down.
We’re so grateful to them for keeping us safe, keeping us informed, putting a smile on our faces, and risking their lives every single day for fellow New Yorkers. We hope even small tokens of recognition for their services, from cheers every evening and touching paintings to getaway flights or vacations to relax when this is all over, have helped to show even just a bit of the overwhelming appreciation we all feel for them.
Today more than ever we must be aware of the importance and need of their work; and, there’s really only one thing left to say from us: thank you.
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