by  Sarah Day BA (Hons) SPCHN (SN) RGN - Nurse Advisor, HARTMANN

International Nurses Day, 12th May

It is well known that this special day is the birth anniversary of the most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale, who shaped the way forward for nursing in the 19th century. Back then the nursing of strangers, either in hospitals or in their homes, was not seen as a respectable career for well-bred ladies, who, if they wished to nurse, were expected to do so only for sick family and close friends. Almost 200 years later in 2018 nursing is probably one of the most diverse of all health professions with new roles emerging all the time to meet the needs of changing populations. This year’s topic for focus for International Nurses Day is, A voice to lead; Health is Everyone’s Human Right. Everyone has a right to adequate food and water, sanitation, decent housing, healthy working conditions, a clean environment and medical services, Yet, in our modern world still exists discrimination and vast inequalities of availability and accessibility. The journey is long, but where there are challenges, the role of the nurse continues to evolve and reach out to populations of need.

At HARTMANN, our global network supports communities across the world in wound management, incontinence, disinfection, and surgical efficiency. For the last two years, volunteers from the company including nurses have partnered with the international relief organisation, CARE to promote accessible healthcare. Wherever you see the HARTMANN brand and blue oval, you can count on professional partnership, quality, expertise and a passion for healthcare.

HARTMANN goes further for International Nurses Day!