May 12: International Nurse Day

Every year, May 12 is commemorated as International Nurse Day. The birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale is celebrated as the International Nurse Day. This year the day is celebrated under the theme

Theme: Nurses: A Voice to lead-Nursing the World to Health

the International Council of Nurses lead the celebration of the International Nurse Day

International Council of Nurses

The Council is a federation with more than 130 nurse associations that represents more than 20 million nurses all over the world. It was founded in 1899 and is the widest reaching organization. Also, it is associated with the World Bank, International Labour Organization and World Health Organization.

Year of Nurse and Midwife

This year 2020 is celebrated as the Year of Nurse and Midwife as it is the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. This is being organized by the World Health Organization in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage. Also, the State of World’s Nursing Report was launched by WHO on World Health Day to celebrate the year. The report provides a detailed insight about the nursing workforce globally.

Florence Nightingale

Nightingale was called the “Lady with the Lamp”. This was because she used to make rounds through the camps with a lamp. She was born to a wealthy English family in Italy. She was famous for her innovative nursing care.


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