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Honouring Our Healthcare Heroes: The Importance of Honour for Nurses and Frontline

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

In this blog, we discuss the idea of honour and analyse its significance from the perspective of nurses and other frontline workers. We go over the background of honour, where it came from, as well as its significance in a variety of different cultures. We also look at the characteristics that define an honourable person as well as the outcomes of having a lack of honour.

As we make our way through the world that exists after a pandemic, it is more critical than it has ever been to honour and recognise the hard work and sacrifices made by the people who work in the healthcare industry. In this episode, we address the influence that nurses and other frontline workers have on our lives, as well as the reasons why it is finally time to show them the respect and credit they are due.

We hope that by stressing the significance of honour and integrity in the field of healthcare, we will create a greater awareness and comprehension of the critical role that is played by our nurses and frontline workers.

Why honouring Matters: The Importance of Honour Throughout History

Historically, honour has played a significant role in most of the world's societies and cultures; yet, What exactly is honour? What are the most important aspects of having honour? And why do people frequently get the impression that other qualities, such as compassion and mercy, contradict honour?

In this article, you will discover the significance of honour and why it is time to honour the nurses and healthcare workers who have impacted our life. In our society, it's easy to take honour and integrity for granted. In today's era of social media, it's easy to get instant feedback from peers and strangers across the globe; what could be more important? However, Honour should still be a hugely important part of our lives. Acknowledging the hard work and sacrifices our nurses make on a daily basis is something that needs to happen more in our post-pandemic world.

Our healthcare workers deserve complete respect and recognition regarding how they have impacted us personally and professionally and how they help make us better people.

What is Honour?

Honour is a word that is often used to denote a person's reputation and how they are regarded.

In the Middle Ages, honour was used to refer to an individual's integrity and ability to be trusted by others. An honourable person will not break promises or act without integrity towards another person. An honourable person would always treat others with respect.

Over time, Western society changed significantly and moved away from this thinking; however, we still recognize what constitutes an honourable person today.

The following traits all depict a person with honour

● Someone who maintains integrity at all times

● Someone who upholds their values regardless of circumstance

● Someone who would never cheat or harm another

● Someone who always puts others first

Honour can only exist if there are consequences for breaking the unwritten rules of society. Without these rules and consequences, honour cannot exist.

The Origin of Honour

Honour originates from the word Onore which is an Italian term meaning respect or esteem.

The concept of honour was first introduced to the English language in the 16th century and gained popularity as a virtue that should be used in conjunction with others, such as faith and justice. However, the idea of honour also entailed a sense of duty to one's country and family, and not just one's own life.

One must always put their obligations before their own needs to maintain their honour and dignity.

Some believe this idea originated from medieval times when knights would go into battle without armor to give their enemies a fair fight.

Others argue that this derives from Roman times when they would only take off their armor on the battlefield, as doing so at any other time may have made them seen as less-than-honourable soldiers. Regardless of where the idea came from, the concept of honour is still prevalent today.

Honour in different cultures

Honour is an intangible word with many different meanings depending on which corner of the world you live in. For example, in some cultures, honour can be something dire that can lead to extreme violence, while in other cultures, it may be seen as very positive.

In Japanese culture, for example, honour and respect are significant; they believe that they have nothing if someone has no sense of honour.

In many African countries, like Kenya and Uganda, public opinion defines someone's character.

For instance, members of West African culture feel great shame if they do something that may dishonour themselves or their families. They live by codes of behaviour and family rules. Those who break the codes can face harsh sanctions, like being banished from the community.

We mustn't take our societal notions around honour for granted; there are many ways other cultures understand honour and apply it differently.

Why is honour significant?

Honour can be defined as having a good reputation, maintaining one's word, being truthful, and having integrity. honourable people make decisions based on ethical standards and stand by their actions.

Honesty has always been viewed as an essential quality of a person. Those who are honest with themselves and others are more likely to experience success because they know they can trust themselves to do what they say they will do.

Integrity is also seen as an integral part of someone's identity; if someone lies, cheats, or takes something that doesn't belong to them, they are showing that they should not be trusted.

Honour is important because it gives people a sense of self-worth and helps boost self-esteem.

It teaches people to do the right thing even when no one is watching.

It teaches us to be truthful and care about others.

It teaches us to give back and work hard for our beliefs.

It may have been around for centuries, but it is still an essential quality to possess today. It is the foundation of all relationships and is one of the few things that cannot be bought or sold. Honour is given and shown freely, a priceless commodity.

The Consequences of Lacking honour

When you lack honour, you may suffer severe consequences in your personal life or career.

Without honour, it can be challenging to have a successful relationship with friends or family, and it is difficult to find success in your career if you lack integrity.

Lacking honour will make it hard for others to trust your words or actions, which in turn can hurt your reputation and any of your endeavors. Additionally, if you lack honour you may struggle at work to receive promotions, and co-workers may see you as untrustworthy or not a team player. Lacking integrity can have grave consequences in both your personal and professional lives.

Personal success also depends on developing good relationships with friends and family members. Respect from those around us increases our self-respect, so we must continue striving for honour in all areas of our lives.


In conclusion, honour is a commitment to a set of principles and values that have been passed down through generations. Honour has been and will continue to be an integral part of the human experience due to its connection to our beliefs. Honour is worthy of upholding, an admirable way of giving and nobility respected.

So, make sure you give honour to those who deserve it.

Front-line healthcare workers deserve to be honoured due to their sacrifices in recent years, working tirelessly through the recent pandemic, putting their patients first, sometimes even before their own families.

Nurses have put their own mental health on the line in order to help others in need, and it is time to show nurses and other healthcare staff how much we love, honour and appreciate the work they have been doing.


  1. Think about a time you upheld the values of honour. Why did you do this?

  2. Reflect on a time someone gave you honour.

  3. Are there any nurses or healthcare workers you would give honour to?

What should I do now?

Now we ask you to follow the link website link and give honour to those who deserve it. Leave a thank you, a virtual hug and photos on our honour wall. We are asking nurses to honour nurses and Clients to have a place to thank you for how you impacted my life as a nurse. We want to say a public thank you to our healthcare workers and celebrate their fantastic work daily.

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