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International Nurses Day falls on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. It aims to celebrate the contributions that nurses make to communities across the world. Each year, the International Council of Nurses chooses a theme for International Nurses Day to focus the celebrations. For 2018, the theme is A Voice to Lead. Health is a Human Right.This builds on their 2017-2019 campaign, Nurses: A Voice to Lead which focuses on the need for nurses to become more active and vocal in policy development. Health is a Human Right encourages nurses to consider issues of access to healthcare and the impact of these on health outcomes.

The message from ICN President Annette Kennedy for International Nurses Day 2018 is for nurses to

“join together to share how nurses are transforming health care and health systems so that no person is left behind. Let us join our voices together to be a voice to lead by supporting a people–centred approach to care and health systems, and ensuring our voices are heard in influencing health policy, planning and provision.”

G2NA is pleased to support the ICN theme for International Nurses Day 2018: A voice to lead. Health is a human right. Like the ICN, G2NA believes that “nurses are essential in transforming health care and health systems such that no person is left behind, without access to care or impoverished because of their need for health care” as this applies to genomic healthcare as to any other area of healthcare. The G2NA vision also places the power of the unified nursing voice at the heart of our efforts to transform genomics healthcare.

To celebrate International Nurses Day, we have captured some of the thoughts of the G2NA Leadership team in brief videos:

Dr Christine Patch on International Nurses Day 2018

G2NA Co-lead Dr Christine Patch shares her views on why genomics is important to all nurses

G2NA on International Nurses Day 2018

Dr Caroline Benjamin talks about the importance of the nursing voice in genomics healthcare

Dr Caroline Benjamin on International Nurses Day 2018

Dr Caroline Benjamin on why nurses should be interested in genomics

Dr Maggie Kirk on International Nurses Day 2018

Dr Maggie Kirk reflects on the relevance of the ICN’s theme for this year’s International Nurses Day: A voice to lead, health is a human right, in relation to genomics healthcare

Dr Anna Middleton on genomics across healthcare on International Nurses Day

Dr Anna Middleton talks about the importance of genomics across healthcare

The relevance of genomics to nursing on International Nurses Day 2018

Dr Anna Middleton outlines why genomics is relevant to nurses

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