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International Nurses Day

Category : Activities | Sub Category : International events Posted on 2020-10-17 00:22:27

International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day (IND) is an international day celebrated around the world on 12 May (the anniversary of Florence Nightingales birth) of each year, to symbolise the gift that nurses make to society. Every year, ICN distributes and prepares the International Nurses Day Kit. The kit holds the public information and educational materials, for use by nurses everywhere.

How people around the world celebrated

People all over the world connected together to welcome International Nurses Day. Healthcare workers around the globe celebrated by lighting candles and wearing ribbons. The UK Houses of Parliament were illuminated or lightened up, as well as some Hospitals in London and Belfast City Hall. Many persons at home took participate in the celebrations by lighting candles or shining a light. This years celebrations, on Tuesday, were pretty special as it was also the 200th anniversary of Florences birth, and the World Health Organization labeled 2020 the Year of the Nurse. The theme chosen for International Nurse Day is nursing the world to health, for 2020.

History of International Nurses Day

Florence Nightingale was the first human to spin the nursing occupation into an organised sector with standardised responsibilities and roles.  In 1854, she carry forward 38 volunteer nurses to love and care for soldiers during the Crimean War. Prior to that, both female and male nurses were normally unskilled family members of soldiers who tended to the wounded and the ill. Nightingale is accredited with founding the modern professional nursing, being instrumental in improving nutrition, sanitation, and hygiene of the ill.

The day was first proposed by an officer with the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Dorothy Sutherland in the year 1953 and subsequently proclaimed by the then president Dwight D Eisenhower. International Nurses Day was first celebrated by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in the year 1965.

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