International Nurses Day: May 12

Every year, the International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12. The birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale is celebrated as the International Nurses Day. The day is celebrated to mark the contributions made by the nurses to the society.

This year, in 2021, the International Nurses Day is celebrated under the following theme:

Theme: Nursing the World to Health

About International Nurses Day

The International Nurses Day has been celebrated by the International Council of Nurses since 1965. Every year, on International Nurses Day, the International Council of Nurses distributes educational and public information materials to be used by nurses everywhere.

Florence Nightingale

She was an English social reformer and also was the founder of modern nursing. She trained and managed nurses during the Crimean War. She took care of wounded soldiers at Constantinople. Also, reputation for nurses in the Victorian culture began to increase because of her.

She was called as “The Lady with the Lamp”. This is the because she used to carry a lamp while making rounds of wounded soldiers at night.

She was the first person to lay foundation of professional nursing. She established Nursing school at St Thomas hospital in London. It was the first nursing school in the world. It is now a part of the King’s college of London.

The Florence Nightingale Medal is the highest international distinction a nurse can achieve. It is awarded by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

What is Victorian Culture?

It is the period of reign of Queen Victoria, that is, between 1837 and 1901. This era was preceded by Edwardian period and was succeeded by the Gregorian period.

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