Celebrating the Year of the Nurse
A message from Maggie Candon, Chief Nursing Officer, GIFTED Healthcare
In January 2020, the World Health Organization declared that 2020 was to be the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
Like all of us, they were completely unaware of the world-changing events that would soon follow the announcement. What was intended to be a celebration of healthcare’s greatest profession also became a calling to nurses across the globe to serve humanity in one of our darkest and most uncertain hours.
Stories of courageous nurses blazoned their way into the world’s collective conscious, as nurses everywhere raced to the front lines fueled by the thought of the patient in a bed who needed care perhaps now more than ever.
While the pandemic continues, the triumph, exhaustion, resilience, and solidarity of nurses bravely living the values of their profession is steady and will remain so until the end. The events of the past year have merely served to catapult the value work of the nurse into the limelight, as they have long served each of us and our loved ones in the same vein.
It is my absolute honor to share stories of GIFTED Nurses whom we have had the pleasure of working with over the past 12 months. Their stories lie alongside the stories of legends that have come before them in our field, which is exactly where they belong. Just as the care we provide to one patient multiplies and reverberates through to his/her family, friends, loved ones, and community like a web….we too have built our profession through the good work of one another. Never before has that truth been so palpable.
It is with immense gratitude and awe that I share the stories following in these pages on behalf of the entire team at GIFTED Healthcare. We remain thankful for the privilege of serving the proud profession of nursing now and always.