International nurse day is celebrated on May 12, to commemorate the contributions of nurses all around the globe and also to mark the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
About Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale was an English social reformer and statistician. She contributed to the refinement of the health sector. Also, she wrote books and reports on health-related subjects and issues.
She is often referred to as the ‘Lady with the lamp’. She is remembered for taking care of wounded soldiers of the British army during the Crimean War, fought between 1853 and 1856.
She opened a nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1860, thus laying the foundation of professional nursing and giving the job a favourable reputation.
The ICN (International Council of Nurses), which commemorates nurses’ day annually has themed this year’s International Nurses day –
“Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health.”
People all over the globe celebrate nurses’ day to appreciate the major contribution of nurses in the health sector.
Amid the pandemic, the day has more additional significance as during the covid outbreak, the nurses and doctors came out as our heroes and warriors fighting tight and hectic schedules and pouring their dedication to serving people as their motive.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked nurses all around the world on the occasion of International Nurses Day.
“Nurses play a vital role in keeping our planet healthy. Their dedication and compassion are exemplary. International Nurses Day is a day to reiterate our appreciation to all nursing staff for their exceptional work even in the most challenging of situations,” the prime minister said in a tweet.