The start of a decade of action to leave no one behind - nurses on the frontlines not only against the pandemic, but also our future for the Global Goals. Realizing the role of nursing in making the dreams of sustainable development into a reality by 2030.
It took a pandemic for us to realize the importance of healthcare workers. Four years of nursing school taught me how to serve my country. Yet, by the time a class of nurses graduate, they search for greener pastures abroad. Why, you may ask? Because Filipino nurses are known to be extremely caring individuals.
Being a nurse means more than being a mere assistant to a doctor. When you take away the heart of the hospital, you take away its functions. It is said nursing is a vocation, a calling for the most compassionate people, there are no riches in this profession because giving back is the most fulfilling goal in life. But nursing is more than just that.
Nurses can follow their heart’s desires and get the credit they deserve at the same time. While nurses rally for safety, fighting for the truth and eradicating the fake - as a society, we should all exert the same effort for our nurses. The people who risk years of practice and education only to sacrifice their lives for us.
Stay at home, it can't harm us if it won't be able to reach us!
Florence Nightingale championed her environmental theory to what we use today to combat COVID-19. It was the year 1870, Florence promised that in the next 150 years the world will value nursing. 150 years later, in the year 2020, we celebrate the International Year of Nursing and Midwives.
Here we are today, needing nurses more than ever. The next time someone looks down on the profession and says, you are just a nurse, remember the saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, while nurses are here to - nurse you back to health.