Queensland nurses will join their colleagues throughout Australia and in New Zealand today in honouring nurses around the world who have lost their lives treating and caring for COVID-19 patients.
An online candlelight vigil will be held at 7pm (AEST) tonight via social media as part of activities to mark International Nurses Day, Tuesday, May 12.
“Nurses really are on the frontline of the response to COVID19, and are literally putting their lives on the line in many cases. Nothing brings that into focus quite so sharply as losing nurses to this terrible virus,” QNMU Secretary Beth Mohle said.
“We’ve been very fortunate here that we’ve not lost workmates, but our hearts go out in solidarity with our nursing colleagues around the world who have. This vigil honours the memory of those nurses who paid the ultimate price for their dedication to caring for their patients and residents.”
For those who wish to join in, the vigil will be broadcast live on QNMU’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/qnmuofficial) at 7pm Tuesday, May 12.
Bridges light up for International Nurses Day
International Nurses Day has added significance this year as 2020 is also the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
The arrival of COVID-19 has made it almost impossible for nurses to celebrate this important milestone with many events and celebrations both locally and around the world put on hold.
However, the day will not pass unacknowledged.
Bridges and stadiums in Townsville and the SE corner will be lit in purple today to recognise the vital work of nurses across the globe.
Kurilpa Bridge, the Gabba, and Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, together with the Queensland Qld Country Bank Stadium in Townsville and the Gold Coast’s Cbus Stadium will be lit up in recognition of International Nurses Day.
“When we started this year we had a really exciting calendar of events planned to mark such as special year for us,” QNMU Secretary Beth Mohle said.
“The intention was to shine a light on the remarkable work nurses do and the integral role we have maintaining and advocating for the health and wellbeing of our communities.
“The arrival of the COVID19 pandemic put our events on hold, but it has also highlighted the strength, professionalism and resilience of nurses.”
“As it turns out Queensland midwives are marking International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by getting on and doing the job they love,” Ms Mohle said.
“So today we’re inviting Queenslanders to thank nurses for their extraordinary dedication.”
The QNMU is calling on Queenslanders to visit www.qnmu.org.au/thankyou where members of the public can write a message of thanks or support. They can also print out QMNU’s message template available at that link, hand write a message and then upload a picture or video of themselves to Facebook using #frontlineheroes and tagging @qnmuofficial.
“During these unprecedented times, these messages are certain to bring joy to our members and let them know how much they are appreciated and valued,’’ Ms Mohle said.