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Monday, 11 May 2020

International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day

“A Life for serving others is worth living…” We salute your selfless service to society. Yes, I am talking about our nurses and midwife. I presume there is no person in the world who never felt a nurse's care.

Especially during this corona issues time, we salute our nurses, who willing to give their lives and service for those who is in need.

 On May 12th celebrate international Nurses day worldwide. It is a global observatory day to honour the memory for Florence Nightingale (May 12th is Florence Nightingale’s birthday).  



May 12 we celebrated as International Nurses Day. This year International Council of Nurses ICN decided to celebrate International Nurses day under the slogan ‘Nursing the world to health’.

This year aims to overcome the challenges in the world faces in relation to good health.

 International Nurses Day



International Nurses Day is not a public holiday. It is an observance day.



The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has started celebrating this day form 1965 onwards.


In 1953 Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, proposed the President Dwight D. Eisenhower announce officially a "Nurses' Day" but unfortunately that was not approved at that time.

 In January 1974, 12 May was chosen because it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. She is the founder of modern nursing. Each year, International Council of Nurses(ICN) prepares and distributes the International Nurses' Day Kit. The kit contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses all over the world.


From 1998, 12 May was officially designated as annual National Student Nurses' Day.



International nurses day is celebrating world widely, different countries will recognize nurses who made selfless service during the year.

Every year International Nurses Day is celebrated by organizing a candle lamp service in Westminster Abbey, London.

A candle lamp is handed over from one nurse to another which symbolizes to pass the knowledge from one nurse to another and place it on the High Altar.

   Also a big ceremony will be performed at the St. Margaret’s Church, the Florence Nightingale burial place, a day after her birthday.


In Australia , Nurse of the year awards will be announced and in various states they will be celebrating this week as nursing week and conduct various programs.


In Ireland starting from 2012 an nurse agency called Nurse Jobs Ireland conduct recruitment drives for nurses from 6-12 may. This week long they share the great work of nurses and public shares the positive comments using hashtag “#CelebrateNurses”.


Like wise there are various programs held in around the world.

See also : Important days in May

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