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Florence Nightingale set a precedent for continued growth and ingenuity in healthcare. Today’s nurses embody the same pioneering spirit. Some even take it to the next level, working on the technology side of the profession to innovate patient care.

Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore” – Florence Nightingale

This quote resonates with us so much today, seems like Florence Nightingale, was aware and precocious of the looming crisis. She is legendary for a plethora of reasons –

  • Improved unsanitary conditions (reducing the death count) significantly at a British hospital
  • Writings ignited worldwide health care reforms  
  • Establishing Nightingale Training Schools for Nurses

On a personal front, she was a role model for the women who were looking to carve a niche for themselves. In the Victorian era, she was audacious enough to break the societal norms and follow her passion for nursing, which was opposed then by her affluent parents, who wanted to marry her into a rich family. Despite their dismissal, she went ahead and pursued her dreams, which eventually made her successful in her career and earned her nicknames like “the Lady with the Lamp” or “the Angel of the Crimea”.

National Nurses Week that begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. In 1993, American National Association, officially designated this week to honor the nurses for their relentless contribution.

Nurses: The Heart and Soul of caring

Nurses form the most crucial part of the healthcare professionals. In a clinical setting, assessment and the patient mindset are directly proportionate to the nurse-patient relationship.

I believe that it is a beautiful thing when career and passion come together.

Lately, I was having a weekly meeting with my clinicians, and quickly our conversation moved from weekly status updates to how liberating and fulfilling our profession can be, when one of my clinical consultants, Desiree Bartley, shared her personal experiences with us. She talked about how a gentleman once came up to her in a grocery store and thanked her for the care that she had provided to him a couple of years ago. “It was great to know the impact that I made on that person”.

And that made me think of a famous quote by Maya Angelou, an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist –

They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel”.

The nursing profession indeed encompasses the clinical and academic settings where nurses conduct research and diagnosis that help to improve patients’ outcomes while enhancing palliative care, but one cannot ignore the kindness, compassion, and empathy that this profession carries it all along.

2020: Year of Nurse

WHO has designated 2020 as the year of Nurse to acknowledge them for their contributions and risk-taking ability especially during the pandemic.

Each day we are witnessing news and the social media channels, which are flooding with the trending moments where people are applauding, appreciating, and celebrating the frontline workers for all their endeavors to beat the catastrophic. They are the real heroes/heroines who are taking care of the patient day in and day out. There is no doubt that these nurses are under a tremendous amount of pressure, face challenges, and witness triumphs daily. And that is more of a reason for the whole world to celebrate and appreciate them.

Due to pandemic, the healthcare system is overwhelmed which has further caused anxiety and stress amongst the nurses and clinicians. And this reminds me of the quote from the Roman poet Juvenal from his Satires “Who will guard the guards themselves”?
 
Little we can do to dwindle the stress and struggle that the healthcare workers face every day –
·      Express gratitude
·      Give ear to them
·      Establish practices that can help and promote them
·      Time and Support

Why these nurses are an integral part of Vivify Health

Technology permeates every aspect of our lives, especially in the healthcare profession. The healthcare industry is experiencing the rapid growth of innovation. The time has come where the use of technology has shifted from providers and hospitals to patients and data.

Vivify Health is at the forefront of this technology innovation in delivering care with its Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) platform. Our clinician team comprising of registered nurses work very closely with our technology teams to re-create patient’s experience in a clinical setting. This helps us craft technology programs that fundamentally rewire and improve the care delivery for our customers and patients while still maintaining the essence of the in-person visit.

Digital technologies have improved the quality of life for both patients and healthcare professionals. History shows us that Florence Nightingale herself used statistics as a decision-making tool to improve hygienic conditions in a military-based hospital to prevent infection.

Consequently, while 200 years may sound a lot (200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale), her lessons are still relevant today and are being evolved conjointly by nurses and technology leaders such as Vivify Health to steer through the age of uncertainty!

Never think that you have done anything effectual in nursing in London till you nurse, not only the sick poor in workhouses, but those at home.” – Florence Nightingale.

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Nurses Week: History and relevance in a pandemic

Florence Nightingale set a precedent for continued growth and ingenuity in healthcare. Today’s nurses embody the same pioneering spirit. Some even take it to the next level, working on the technology side of the profession to innovate patient care.

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