President of the Cook Islands Nurses Association Nga Manea said events will run from May 6-11 and the theme is ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead Health for All’, showcasing nurses’ innovative work, and thus highlighting the many ways the nurses have carried out their work tremendously around the world.
“Nurses all over the world every day are advocating for ‘health for all’ in the most challenging circumstances with limited resources to deliver health care to those most in need.”
She said in the in the Cook Islands this can be seen on most of the outer islands, where people rely heavily or solely for their health care needs on nurses, especially when these nurses are the only health practitioners on their islands.
“Throughout the Cook Islands our Public Health nurses visits households to teach basic health care, particularly related to personal and household hygiene and sanitation.
“The nurses build close relationships with the community and collaborate with the community traditional leaders.”
International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) commemorates this important day each year.
ICN believes that nurses, as part of a multidisciplinary team, can create health systems that take into account the social, economic, cultural and political determinants of health.
“We can address health inequalities and, through a refocusing on health promotion and illness prevention, using a population health approach, we can improve the health of everyone everywhere. And finally, we believe that the time is ripe for nurses to assert their leadership,” it says.
As the largest health profession in the Cook Islands and across the world, nurses have a vast potential and value if appropriately harnessed to finally achieve the vision of health for all.
International Nurses Day (2019) sends out three important messages for government and policy makers:
• Nurses save lives and improve, protect and promote health and well-being.
• Nurses are a vital access point to 24/7, birth to death, emergency and ongoing care.
• Nurses are the foundation to high quality, affordable, accessible care.
Today the Cook Islands Nurses Association is proud to celebrate and value, the contributions, and achievements of all nurses across the nation.
We pay tribute to the pioneers; our retired nurses for maintaining the nursing profession and service to continue and for the nurses’ voice to be heard in the past.
To all our nursing colleagues who have gained the highest academic qualifications and leadership roles we salute you all. Most of all we acknowledge and recognise all our dedicated and hardworking nurses both in Rarotonga and outer islands.
As part of the celebration nurses will take the lead to provide free health screening services to the Are Pa Metua, Creative Centre and Te Are Pa Taunga on Wednesday May 3.
On Saturday May 11, nurses will attend a thanks giving church service at the Titikaveka Seventh Adventist Church.
The Cook Islands Nurses Association extends an invitation to any nurse from the outer islands, private sectors, overseas and our own retired nurses to join in the celebration.