Nurses’ Week: A tribute to those who answer the ‘Call to Care’
By Susan Niemeier, Chief Nursing Officer, Ivenix
Ivenix is honored to join organizations across the globe in celebration and support of all nurses during this Nurses’ Week and throughout the entire year. The World Health Organization (WHO) designated 2020 as The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife to recognize their unwavering commitment, courage, and contributions to worldwide health.
This year is particularly fitting to celebrate this trusted profession as it coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing whose promotion of infection prevention, evidence-based practice and innovation still thrives today. In fact, many would argue that the “lady with the lamp” ideas are more relevant in today’s environment than ever before.
Nurses’ unforgettable contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic
Nurses’ dedication, strength and grit have been on full display for the world stage as COVID-19 is battled in hospitals around the globe. Nurses are selflessly caring for the sickest of the sick, under the most challenging circumstances, when the nature of the work puts them at increased risk.
In a barn raising way, the nursing disciplines have all come together to answer the “Call to Care.” The nurses at the bedside — those on the frontline —have adopted creative approaches in caring for patients in dedicated COVID isolation rooms. While in cumbersome and sometimes scarce protective gear, they have provided comfort and compassion as if they were treating a family member, close friend or colleague.
Nursing informatics scaled up the EMR to accommodate the associated hospital surge and modeled data to facilitate bed capacity. Nurse researchers have advanced COVID-19 testing and offered meaningful contributions to the development of potential medications. Nurses in medtech companies have designed, developed and deployed solutions in record time. Hour-by-hour, nurse leaders have sorted through a dizzying amount of information to manage the response, support the staff and lead organizations. These are just a few of the many stories of nursing specialties coming together.
The nursing profession’s strong and evolving legacy
Before COVID-19, it’s unlikely the average individual knew the entire scope and depth of nurses’ daily contributions, from the bedside to the boardroom. Following this outbreak, let’s ensure the nursing professional will remain in the spotlight and truly valued for all it entails. Coronavirus should not be nursing’s legacy. Instead, may the legacy of nursing —constantly innovating and adapting and solving the toughest challenges in healthcare — be what follows.
Our commitment to nurses
To all the nurses out there: Our team at Ivenix shares your commitment to think differently and to improve care in times of change. As a company focused on bringing important innovation to a device many nurses encounter every day — the infusion pump — we hope we play a role in making your job a little easier. We know our users — nurses like you — need friendly technology that supports their workflow to help deliver the highest level of patient care, in even the most difficult of circumstances.
Happy Nurses Week and Year! We’re proud to share your dedication to patient care and play a role in supporting your tireless efforts through better, safer infusions.