National Nursing Week is coming up quickly and will be celebrated all across Canada and most other countries from May 6 to 12, 2019. International Nursing Day occurs on May 12, 2019 – the day Florence Nightingale was born. The theme for the 2019 National Nursing Week and International Nursing Day is: Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Health for All. It was developed by the International Council of Nurses (ICN). According to ICN, A Voice to Lead reflects the fact that “every nurse has a story and every story has the potential to improve the health system and enable individuals and communities to achieve their highest attainable standard of health” (Canadian Nurses Association, 2019).
The concept of Health for All encompasses issues of accessibility, affordability, and support for holistic health of body, mind, social, and spirit. Nurses are instrumental in providing this support, and informatics is being applied in many countries to extend this reach. A Voice to Lead calls on all nurses to feel confident in their leadership skills and apply them within their practice, professional and personal roles. Health technologies are an underpinning support for all leadership activities, support that enables nurses to extend their reach, express their ideas and insights, and readily share them with colleagues and clients.
Our first CJNI issue of the year provides many examples of this leadership and voice applied to informatics. Ranging from educational applications, developer stances, knowledgeable consumers, designers of innovative technologies, and reflections on the status of intention and usage of health technologies in practice, the columns and papers offer food for thought and new ideas for interlacing informatics into nursing practice across all settings. We hope you enjoy this issue!
Please consider joining us in sharing your informatics-related research, teaching guides, learning experiences, musings, and so on. We are looking for papers, presentations, book/web site /software/resource reviews, and other digital works related to Nursing Informatics in Practice, Education, Research and Administration. Please join us in showcasing how Nursing Informatics is being shaped in Canada and globally.
From all of us at CJNI and NILC– we wish you a very Happy National Nurses’ Week!
Canadian Nurses Association. (2019). National Nursing Week 2019. Retrieved from https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/events/national-nursing-week
International Council of Nurses. (2019). International Nursing Day.Retrieved from https://2019.icnvoicetolead.com
Original Source: Kaminski, J. (2019). Editorial: Nursing Week and Informatics. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, 14(1). http://cjni.net/journal/?p=5965