As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the goals of the year include celebrating our contributions to improve global health; acknowledging, appreciating, and addressing the challenging conditions we face; and advocating for increased investments in our workforce. Wolters Kluwer is proud to join the global effort to spotlight the role that nurses and midwives play in improving health.
There has been no test of resilience as there is happening right now with the covid-19 pandemic, and it’s even more important that nurses prioritize their own well-being. Your experiences now will be transformative; look for ways to incorporate them to add to the meaning of your life and your work.
Artists around the world have been recognizing the work of nurses through murals, cartoons, chalk art, and even dry-erase markers. Thank you to these artists who have shared their talents, and thank you to all nurses. While science is used by many healthcare professions, it is the art of what we do as nurses that makes us unique.
"I am, of certain, convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel."
- Florence Nightingale
These words from Florence Nightingale are more relevant than ever. The courage, compassion, and determination demonstrated by you and your colleagues in this unprecedented time is appreciated by society beyond measure.
Dr. Anne Dabrow Woods, Chief Nurse of Wolters Kluwer’s Health, Learning, Research and Practice, and Stuart Fisk, CRNP, Director, Center for Inclusion Health at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, discuss the importance of access to data on social determinants of health, management of complex patient populations, and challenges and solutions to improve outcomes for high-risk groups.
“One thing that has become inherently clear during the covid-19 pandemic is the value of nurses in health care. Our contributions as care providers, patient advocates, researchers, and educators have never been more important than they are right now. The WHO’s State of the World’s Nursing 2020 provides a framework to build our profession to be strong, adaptable and innovative to meet the changing health needs of people and optimize their health.”
– Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, FAAN
Chief Nurse; Health Learning, Research & Practice, Wolters Kluwer