This International Nurses Day (IND), Friday May 12, Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) is encouraging patients who can to get up, get dressed and get moving to help get them home as soon as possible.Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Karen Cairney said this year MLHD nurses are using their voice to promote the social media movement #endPJParalysis on Twitter.“If patients stay in their pyjamas longer than they need to, they have a higher risk of infection, a greater loss of mobility, fitness and strength, and will ultimately stay in hospital longer,” she said.
“If we can help patients get back to their normal routine as quickly as possible including getting up and out of bed, it means a quicker recovery.”
Happy International Nurses Day 2017
Just 24 hours of bed rest reduces your muscle power by 2.5 percent, and that’s not just in the arms and legs but also the heart and lungs.Patients over the age of 80 will have the equivalent of 10 years of muscle wastage after just 10 days in bed.
“Nurses are encouraging patients to bring both their pyjamas and their clothes to hospital with them and encourage patients to get up and get dressed as soon as they can,” Ms Cairney said,On IND, MLHD nurses are invited to wear normal clothes (no uniform) to promote the importance of this message. Bright red button badges are being issued to nurses across the District to promote awareness and encourage people to talk about #endPJParalysis.
HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY
It all started in 1953, when Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the United States Department of Health, Welfare, and Education, contacted President of U.S, Dwight D. Eisenhower to proclaim the “International Nurses Day.” But the President neglected her proposal at that time. The INC (International Council of Nurses) celebrated the International Nurses Day on 12th May from 1965. May 12 is important for all Nurses because the day marks the birth of Florence Nightingale, who is considered as the founder of Modern nursing. The Nurses Day was officially announced in January 1974. From there, every year International Council of Nurses prepares and distributes International Nurses Day kit which contains materials for educational and public information, which will be helpful for all the Nurses everywhere.
“IND is an opportunity to acknowledge and thank our nurses and to celebrate the work they do,” Ms Cairney.