International Nurses Day

Each year on May 12th, International Nurses Day is commemorated, which coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, known as the founder of modern day nursing. Every year on May 12th, International Nurses Day is held to honour nurses. Nurses are critical caregivers in a healthy society. Their amazing contribution has inspired their passion and hard effort in nursing during this pandemic.

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History of International Nurses Day

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) began commemorating International Nurses Day in the year of 1965. The legendary Florence Nightingale’s birthday falls on this day. She was a statistician, social reformer, and English nurse. She rose to prominence as a nurse manager and educator during the War of Crimean, becoming a pillar of contemporary nursing. She established a reputation for nursing and then became a Victorian cultural figure.

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Dorothy Sutherland, a US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare official, proposed this day at first, but it was not accepted. Two decades after that, May 12th was finally selected as Florence Nightingale’s birthday. On International Nurses’ Day, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) has been generating and disseminating resources and evidence.

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Nurses have traditionally played an important part in people’s rehabilitation and well-being all around the world. However, they are rarely treated with the dignity that they deserve. As a result, this day is set aside to pay them the honour they deserve. The importance of International Nurses Day has never been higher than it is now, according to the pandemic scenario. Nurses play an important role within the healthcare system in hospitals, giving continuous care to patients. Their multifaceted position entails doing a variety of activities at work.

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