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Today nurses are recognised for the awesome job they do.

Every year on 12 May the profession is celebrated. This year the theme for International Nurses Day is Nurses: A Voice to Lead.

The sub-theme for 2021 is A Vision for Future Healthcare.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN), who set the theme for the day each year, said the global COVID-19 pandemic had shown the world the essential role nurses play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan.

While because of COVID-19 there has been significant disruption to healthcare, the ICN suggest there has also been great innovation that has improved access to care.

In 2021, ICN will focus on the changes to and innovations in nursing and how they will ultimately shape the future of healthcare.

As the largest healthcare profession, nurses should play an integral part in planning the future of healthcare.

“We can only achieve this vision of future healthcare by generating new policies that pave the way for this sea-change, and that is another key area IND2021 will seek to focus.” The organisation said.