Florence Nightingale was a rare nurse. So rare that every May 12 – her birthday, is dedicated to recognising and celebrating nurses all over the world. She lived in the 19th century and was the founder of modern nursing.
International Nurses Day was first celebrated by International Council of Nurses (ICN) in 1965 but in 1974, the celebration was moved to May 12 and has remained so till date. International Nurses Day kit is prepared and distributed every year by the ICN while celebrating. The kit usually contains public information materials.
This year’s theme is, “Nursing: A voice to lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Celebrations around the world
Nurses in China recite the Florence Nightingale pledge while Australians organise a special event to announce the ‘Australian Nurse of the day’. In London, a symbolic lamp is taken from Nurses’ chapel in Abbey and passed from nurse to nurse until the Dean who then places it on the High Altar. This tradition symbolises the passing of knowledge from one nurse to another. Florence Nightingale was also called ‘the lady with the Lamp.’
Nurses are the heartbeat of healthcare. Celebrate a nurse today.