International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world each year on 12th May – Florence Nightingale’s birthday. While nurses always deserve to be celebrated and recognized, there are a few reasons this year is particularly significant. First, 12th May 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The year 2020 has also been designated ‘The Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ by the World Health Organization in response to the critical contribution nurses and midwives make to global health. We of course also acknowledge the recent tireless efforts of our nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In recognition of the day, we spoke to Michael König, a nurse and hospital hygiene specialist from Austria, about his personal experience as a nurse, life on the frontlines of COVID-19 and how we can all show our support.