Celebrating nurses in 2021
We’ve come a long way since February 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic was still in its initial phase, surging across the world and forcing all of us to confront the gravity of living through a global pandemic. But while we’ve made considerable progress in combating the disease, certain areas of the world are still struggling significantly. Our thoughts are, of course, with them—especially with the brave healthcare providers on the frontlines and the patients and families afflicted by this terrible illness.
Today marks International Nurses Day 2021, and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank the heroes who have helped so many throughout this experience with compassion, grace and bravery.
We’ve now spent more than year awestruck by the unabated commitment of nurses worldwide, who run to center of the fire, every day to console, listen and heal. Throughout the pandemic, nurses have embodied the true essence of what it means to be a caregiver.
I’ve heard countless, deeply moving stories of nurses going above and beyond for their patients, delivering care and helping them stay in contact with their families who can’t be there in person. Often, it’s a nurse who is a there by a patient’s side during their last moments.
These stories remind us why we do what we do matters. I’m very proud that Allscripts has the opportunity to play a part in the care nurses deliver to patients. I’m also pleased that our company can help support the Nurse Heroes initiative to raise funds to bring more nurses to the workforce. The accelerating global shortage of nurses was brought to light in 2020 when hospitals reported they didn’t have enough staff to accommodate the influx of COVID-19 patients. While the pandemic fast-tracked the urgency of addressing the nursing shortage, it is not a new issue, and it is essential that we train and employ more nurses globally-and fast. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if nothing changes within three years, there will be about one million fewer nurses than we need in the U.S. and a shortage of two million nurses in Europe—and even more globally. Being an Ambassador for Nurse Heroes is a small way for Allscripts to further support nurses during the pandemic and beyond and help mitigate the global nursing shortage during this critical time.
Thank you, nurses, for everything you do and for what your profession offers humanity. Ensuring every patient receives the care they need exemplifies what it means to be a healer. You inspire us, every day, through your dedication, passion and courage.