On the occasion of International Nurses Day, ICN publicly
commended the professionalism and commitment of all nurses, exemplified by their
work caring for SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) patients worldwide.
"The nature of our work means that nurses are in close
contact with patients during all phases of their illness, often the first to
detect the problem as well as to provide consultation, care and follow-up,"
said Judith Oulton, chief executive officer of the International Council of
"With SARS, as in other crises, nurses work around the
clock in difficult circumstances, and with great personal sacrifice," she
continued. "The current public attention focused on SARS highlights the
value and critical importance of nurses and their work, everyday and
Nurses caring for SARS patients may have to live in or near
the health facility where they are working, instead of returning home, Oulton
explained. Practicing 'barrier nursing' as they must, means wearing layers of
protective clothing and tight-fitting masks for long hours and working in
isolation from their colleagues. The care they give is essential for the
recovery of SARS patients.
"Nurses caring for SARS patients have shown dedication
and stamina in carrying out their work. We are proud of them and grateful for
their professional commitment," declared Oulton.
The International Council of Nurses is a federation of 125
national nurses' associations representing millions of nurses worldwide.
Operated by nurses for nurses since 1899, ICN is the international voice of
nursing and works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies
For further information contact Linda Carrier-Walker at the
ICN Web site or by telephone:
(+41 22) 908 0100, fax: (+41 22) 908 0101 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.