Here’s what we know already, our nurses deserve an extra loud shout out this year following two years of the most challenging health crisis our generation has seen. Since the beginning of 2020, nurses all around the world have been pushed physically and mentally to keep up with the ever changing covid-19 landscape. During this time, it has become so clear just how much our public and private healthcare system relies on nurses.
National nurses week begins each year on the 6th of May and ends on the 12th of May. This week is an opportunity to reflect upon and appreciate the patient care that our nurses deliver. Nurses face so many struggles in the healthcare industry and in most recent times, the risks of burnout, mental health struggles and stress of being exposed to a deadly virus has definitely taken its toll.
So, to our nurses, no matter where you are and what role you are working, this week we are acknowledging the difference that you make to all of our lives.
When is National Nurses Week?
May 6th - May 12th is National Nurses Week each year.
What is the theme for nurses week 2022?
This year, the theme of nurses week is “Nurses Make a Difference”.
What are we doing to celebrate?
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How can you get involved?
If you’re a nurse, you might find that your workplace is hosting morning teas or lunches in support of your hard work. Make sure you attend, you’ve earned it. Your favourite scrub store might be offering massive discounts. Shop them, you deserve it!
And for those of you that are not nurses, here are a few ways that you can show your appreciation this week, and always.
Show your appreciation by using your voice and your platforms to advocate for our nurses. Whether it's voting for political parties that support pay increases or signing petitions for better rostering to avoid overworking our staff, you have a voice and it should be heard.
If you are in the financial position to, there are many ways in which you can donate funds to a cause One option is The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Foundation. This foundation collaborates with the community-at-large to raise funds in support of nurse-led initiatives. These initiatives focus on research, policy development and advocacy, education, scholarship, nurse leadership and the curation of Australian nurse history. You can read more, and donate here.
3. A simple THANK YOU
Finally, there is nothing quite like a simple thank you to show your appreciation and gratitude towards nurses. You never quite know how much you will need them and rely on them and knowing that they will always be there is worth a much bigger thanks than what they get.