International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day has been observed across the world on 12 This day is celebrated in memory of Florence Nightingale, the father of modern nursing.

When the whole world is facing a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the role of nurses has become very important. The purpose of International Nurses Day is to honor the contribution made by nurses towards society.

Key points:

  • This year, International Nurses Day is being celebrated with the theme of ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A Vision for Future Healthcare’.
  • International Nurses Day was first celebrated by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in the year 1965, but from January 1974, the day began to be celebrated on 12 May on the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
  • Florence Nightingale was a British citizen, known for her service to the wounded and sick soldiers in the war.
  • Florence Nightingale trained other nurses in the Crimean War of the 1850s and also served as their manager. She is also known as ‘Lady with the Lamp’.
  • The modern health system has been greatly affected by her ideas and reforms. It was Florence Nightingale who proved through statistics how health could reduce the effects of any epidemic.

Source – Indian Express

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