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A day that unites all nurses

13 May 2021
Volume 30 · Issue 9

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. We are writing this at a time when nursing is in the spotlight as never before. Members of the nursing profession globally are providing nursing care in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is generating immense challenges to the way that person-centred care is delivered, especially in those settings that have rapidly changed to meet acutely ill patients' needs.

As the world continues to face the threats and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses have faced these challenges both as global citizens and as part of the global community of nurses. Global citizenship involves a sense of belonging within a broader global community. International Nurses Day 2021 presents a moment for nurses across the world to consider their professional identity and roles in terms of this year's theme ‘Nurses: a voice to lead—a vision for future healthcare’ (International Council of Nurses, 2021). Indeed, prior to International Nurses Day, the University of Salford held an online international student nurses' study day as a preparatory step for future nurses in Australia, Bahrain, the Netherlands, Finland, the UK and USA. The aim was to create a space where student nurses could exchange knowledge, re-connecting after 13 months of disconnection. It aimed to reinforce their value in the global community of nurses, exemplifying their perspectives on the future of nursing beyond 2021.

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