How Florence Nightingale shaped the way modern nurses are tackling coronavirus

International Nurses Day | State leaders personalities celebrate our heroes without capes

The Democratic Alliance (DA) have paid tribute to South Africa's nurses and frontline staff who are now tackling one of the greatest challenges of their careers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Ruth May, England's Chief Nursing Officer, said: "International Day of the Nurse is particularly special this year not just because we mark the 200 anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, but because of the extraordinary work all those who have followed in her footsteps are doing in the fight against coronavirus".

Two of her works, Notes on Hospitals and Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What it is Not, laid out her theories for future generations of health care professionals and remain in print to this day.

"At Stepping Stone Hospice, we believe our nurses and carers continue to honour Nightingale's legacy through the compassion, respect and utmost professionalism they care for those facing the devastating effects of a life-limiting illness", said CEO, Tersia Burger.

"The interest in Nightingale has never been higher. but sadly while we are closed her museum is very much under threat", director David Green told BBC London last month.

"On behalf of the Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape, I wish to express my gratitude to every nurse in our province for their dedication and service and for the quality care patients receive."

"We now see this essential equipment being used properly and thrown in the bin after every use, because she was the first to identify the impact of health workers' hygiene on patients' mortality rates".

The World Health Organisation (WHO) highlighted that nurses are at the forefront of fighting epidemics and pandemics, stating that the COVID-19 is a reminder of the important role nurses play. She was the second nurse in the province to succumb to the virus. Her teachings are therefore as relevant today as it was in her time. We wanted to take this a step further and ease the burden of the registration fees for newly qualified nurses and midwives to show our appreciation. "Over the past weekend a second nurse lost her life, shortly after the burial of the 1st nurse who also passed away from COVID-19 in the Western Cape".