In much of Asia, the Lunar New Year was just celebrated. As 2020 begins - the Year of the Rat, symbolizing wealth and abundance - our news cycle is, paradoxically, dominated by the spread of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease. As the world responds to this global public health emergency, I am reminded of how important health workers are to our well-being.
The World Health Organization has named 2020 as the
Year of the Nurse and Midwife
, a long overdue acknowledgement of the vital role nurses play in our lives. At some of our most joyful and difficult health care moments, nurses are by our sides. Whether it is providing us with necessary education to properly manage our conditions or caring for our needs with compassion, nurses are there for us.
To highlight this special year, we would love to share some of your nursing stories. If you have volunteered at an HVO site and have a particular story to share about the nursing staff, or about your own experience as a nursing volunteer,
please share your story
. There are some amazing nurses around the world, and we want to give our special thanks for all the work they do to keep us healthy and safe.
Join me in thanking nurses - and health workers everywhere – for caring for patients and families in need.
Nancy A. Kelly