"Nursing the World to Health" - International Nurses Day 2020


Published: 11 May 2020

The International Council of Nurses has set the theme for International Nurses Day 2020 as "Nursing the world to health", with a focus on the "true value of nurses to the people of the world".

The current pandemic has shone a golden light on the essential work of nurses, the world over. The theme of "nursing the world to health" is rightly resonating everywhere.

Our Prime Minister Scott Morrison as well as the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have both publicly thanked nurses for the work they do. Boris Johnson especially thanked the nurses who cared for him when he was a coronavirus patient in hospital. He stated:

"For every second of the night ...[they] were watching and they were caring".

His experience of nursing care is far from unique. All nurses, the world over, know that although our work is often unseen and undervalued, the care that we give makes a profound difference to our society.

Ausmed Education joins with all nurses around the world to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale on 12 May, 1820. Florence Nightingale is generally recognised as the founder of modern nursing.

Let us all celebrate International Nurses Day together.

We salute all nurses around the world.

In collegiality,

Cynthea Wellings
CEO and Founder, Ausmed Education
MN, RN, BA(Hons), MACN


Portrait of Cynthea Wellings
Cynthea Wellings

Cynthea Wellings was educated as a registered nurse at the Royal London Hospital, England. Cynthea Wellings migrated to Australia in 1981. Her extensive nursing experience, both in England and Australia, involved working in community and general hospital settings, as well as a short period in mental health nursing. Her passion, however, was always trauma nursing. After completing postgraduate qualifications in gerontology nursing, Cynthea focused her attention on continence promotion becoming a founding member of the Continence Foundation of Australia, and co-authoring a bestselling book about urinary incontinence. Now, as CEO of Ausmed Education Pty Ltd, Cynthea works with a large range of nurses and other professionals to develop high quality continuing professional development activities. In 2014, Cynthea was recognised as one of Australia's '100 Women of Influence'. See Educator Profile