Nurses have been working tirelessly over the last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, trying to keep people out of hospitals, treat positive cases, vaccinate people and educate communities, among other things.
In honor of the International Nurses Day, we want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the nurses serving on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic and shed light on the heroes still battling the virus worldwide.
We have joining us from Geneva, Howard Catton, CEO of International Council of Nurses.
Howard Catton, welcome to the program.
The International Nurses Day celebrated on the 12th day of May around the world was established by your institution, the International Council of Nurses on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth every year since 1965. But I'm sure the feeling is quite different this year amidst the over year long long battle against Covid-19?
As of October last year, 15-hundred nurses around the world had lost their lives to the coronavirus equivalent to that who perished during World War I. That figure is now estimated to have topped 3-thousand. I cannot imagine the tremendous day-to-day hardships and challenges nurses across the globe have had to and continue to face. Tell us about it.
As nurses risk their lives to save others, there are also reports of severe burnouts among nurses leading to a global shortage of nurses. How bad is the situation, and what's being done about it?
Millions across the globe are taking this opportunity to pay tribute to the efforts made by nurses on this day. While the global talys of covid infections continue to rise what would you say is the best way to show support to nurses who are working against the clock in all corners even as we speak?
The theme of this year's nurses day is 'A Voice To Lead' focusing on the innovations in nursing. How do you envision the role of nurses in transforming and innovating future healthcare?
Howard Catton, CEO of International Council of Nurses for us today. Thank you for sharing your perspective, and thank you for all of your life-saving commitments and sacrifices.