International Nurses Day: 12 May 2021
International Nurses Day is an international day observed around the world on 12 May of each year, to mark the contributions that nurses make to society. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day since 1965. In 1953 Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, proposed that President Dwight D Eisenhower proclaim a "Nurses' Day"; he did not approve it.
In January 1974, 12 May was chosen to celebrate the day as it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Known as ‘The Angel of Crimea’ or the ‘Lady with the Lamp’, Florence Nightingale was a revolutionary figure in nursing. During the Crimean War, more soldiers were dying from infections than from battle injuries. Nightingale and a team of nurses greatly improved the unsanitary conditions at a British hospital, working night and day to reduce the death count by two thirds.
Later on, Queen Victoria rewarded Nightingale’s work by presenting her with an engraved brooch and a $250 000 prize. Florence decided to invest the money in building the St Thomas’ Hospital and within it, the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. As Nightingale ascended the ranks, she became a popular role-model for many young women, inspiring them to take on nursing.
The fact that we have a nursing profession today is, in large part, thanks to Nightingale’s dedication and commitment to serve others.
The theme of the 2021 campaign is titled: A Voice to Lead - A vision for future healthcare.
ICN president Annette Kennedy said, “The global COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world the important role that nurses play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan. While there has been significant disruption to healthcare, there has also been significant innovation that has improved access to care. In 2021, we will focus on the changes to and innovations in nursing and how this will ultimately shape the future of healthcare.”
We commend all nurses for their invaluable service!
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“What cruel mistakes are sometimes made by benevolent men and women in matters of business about which they know nothing and think they know a great deal.” ~ Florence Nightgale
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