The Chinese Nursing Association (CNA) held a virtual conference on May 10, 2020 to celebrate the International Nurses Day which would fall on May 12.
Attendees wearing nurse uniforms and facemasks at the virtual conference held by CNA on May 10, 2020
The theme of the conference was “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health.”
2020 marks the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing, as well as the “Year of the Nurse and the Midwife” as designated by the World Health Organization.
In his video speech at the conference, Huai Jinpeng, executive vice president of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), extended his greetings and highest respect to all Chinese nurses for their special day, describing them as guardians of health for the Chinese nation.
Chinese nurses advocate the spirit of benevolence, see the world as a community of shared future, and have made important contributions to the health of the Chinese nation, said Huai.
Speaking of the role of the profession in the COVID-19 fight, Huai said their bravery formed a strong wall of defense against the virus on the frontline.
Huai also expressed appreciation for CNA at the event for having guided and led Chinese nurses to strengthen international cooperation, share China’s experiences, and contribute Chinese wisdom to global health governance during the epidemic.
Huai stressed that major infectious diseases respect no borders and only cooperation can lead to victory against them.
He hoped that CNA will continue to carry on the legacy of Nightingale and unite Chinese nurses to enhance exchanges, mutual learning and cooperation with their international colleagues to jointly improve the efficacy of public health governance against major infectious diseases and make new contributions to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
In his letter to the conference, Ma Xiaowei, head of the National Health Commission of China, also recognized the important contributions made by Chinese nurses to the epidemic fight as well as the important role of CNA in implementing the central government’s Healthy China initiative, deepening the reform of the medicine and healthcare system and in fighting the epidemic.
He hoped that CNA will play a bigger role in improving the professional proficiency of nursing workers, promoting professional codes of conduct, and enhancing the health of the Chinese people in the future.
Many international speakers at the conference also applauded the comprehensive capacity and immeasurable value of nurses as shown in the epidemic fight, including Elizabeth Iro, Chief Nursing Officer at WHO, Annette Kennedy, president of the International Council of Nurses, Nigel Crisp, co-chair of the Nursing Now Campaign, Lincoln C. Chen, president of the China Medical Board of the USA, and Afaf Ibrahim Meleis, professor of nursing and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
They also thanked Chinese nurses for sharing experiences with their colleagues around the world in a timely manner.
Wu Xinjuan, president of CNA, said that the 28,600 nurses who rushed to support Hubei during the epidemic (about 70 percent of all the medical workers sent to the province) were a primary force in the epidemic fight. Their benevolence and professional proficiency have won extensive recognition and praise from both home and abroad.
Wu cited the State of the World’s Nursing Report 2020 of the WHO as saying that nurses also play a central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and universal health coverage.
She said that going forward CNA will continue to guide and lead Chinese nursing workers to take on challenges and make new and bigger contributions to the health of the Chinese people.
The conference also announced the names of the 176 nursing workers who won CNA’s title of “Outstanding Nursing Workers” this year.
A book collecting stories of nurses fighting the COVID-19 epidemic on the frontline was also launched by CNA and the People’s Medical Publishing House during the event. The stories were all written by the nurses themselves.
The conference was livestreamed on WeChat, attracting a total number of over 500,000 views, including those from representatives of the provincial-level branches of CNA.
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