For International Nurses Day, our Director of Clinical Services, Janice Fernandes, penned the following letter to nurses.
2021 – Celebrating Our Nurses: A voice to lead, a vision for future healthcare
This week we celebrate International Nurses Day. On behalf of the Skin Health Institute, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all our staff, with particular thanks to our superb nursing and broader patient services team during this week.
As the largest group of healthcare professionals, nurses play a pivotal role in shaping the future of healthcare. We encourage our nurses to speak out and recommend ways to improve the care we provide at the Institute. Whilst the global COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruptions to the delivery of health care, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) suggests there has been significant innovation that has improved access to health care. This week, we acknowledge that our nursing team has stoically continued to work through this difficult time, ensuring that our patients have received outstanding treatment, care and support throughout.
At the Institute, we were quickly able to pivot our services to telehealth, ensuring continued access to healthcare. The nursing team undertook additional training to ensure strict infection control measures were implemented and monitored to prevent the spread of pathogens, ensuring the safety of all staff and patients.
To celebrate International Nurses Day at the Institute this year, we will be having a shared lunch, shouting coffee to our nurses, having a cheese platter, a cake, and giving a prize for the nurse with the most innovative idea to improve wellbeing at work and patient experience.
In my opinion, nurses have always gone above and beyond what the community and public imagine we do, and this has never been more clearly demonstrated than during the pandemic. Our nurses have stepped up and developed new ways of working, all while keeping patients safe. This is also a time to recognize and celebrate all the inspirational work carried out by nurses across the globe. Putting the needs of others above their own is the norm in nursing, and this is often when resources are scant or with staffing challenges.
On behalf of us all, I would once again like to thank each and every nurse, both here at the Institute, and across the globe, for their resilience and service.
I encourage all nurses to take some time this week to recharge, rejuvenate and reenergize.
Director, Clinical Services