This week sees the start of Nurses Week 2020. From Wednesday 6th May through Tuesday 12th May, people all over the U.S. will be celebrating the amazing work that nurses perform on a daily basis. Nurses Week is an annual celebration, but this year it seems more fitting than ever. While no celebration seems quite large enough this year to honor nurses, given this global pandemic when nurses are literally risking their own lives to protect ours, 2020 is after all the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
The World Health Organization said that the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife would be a year-long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce. This pandemic has most certainly achieved all of these three aims.
Many media outlets are documenting the almost war-like efforts and challenging conditions that nurses and other healthcare workers face. Nurses are taking to social media to show the physical scars left by suffocating PPE, and the mental scars of seeing so many patients die in isolation. From this, many more people seem to have a greater appreciation for the work that nurses do, from understanding a little more about the physical stresses of nursing to the emotional toll a nurse can carry. People are clapping in the streets, honking their horns, banging pots and pans, and raising millions of dollars to show their appreciation for nurses and their healthcare colleagues. Hospitals and governments world-wide are also investing in their nursing workforce – something that will hopefully continue after the pandemic is over.
To help celebrate the unfathomable work nurses are doing, many companies are offering free gifts and discounts on purchases during Nurses Week. From McDonalds to Krispy Kreme, Adidas to Crocs, Hilton Hotels to Airbnb – many companies are giving that bit extra to show their thanks and recognition to nurses. Have a look online and see what might be waiting for you! Take a look at what's on offer here.
We as a company also wanted to give a little shout out to our Conexus nurses. Everyone at Conexus MedStaff respects and applauds the dedication that all of our Conexus nurses give in caring for their patients and representing our company at their different facilities. Each Conexus nurse will be given a gift and a personal message of gratitude from our CEO Andrew Moreton, our Vice President of Operations Cathy Vollmer, and the nurse’s Operations Manager.
How appropriate that 2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife? We can’t see a more fitting time to honor and celebrate all that our nurses do.