International Nurses Day- 12 May (Theme 2020-Nursing the World to Health)
International Nurses Day- 12 May (Theme 2020-Nursing the World to Health)

International Nurses Day- 12 May (Theme 2020-Nursing the World to Health)

  • International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12.
  • It is the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale and this year it’s her 200th birth anniversary. She is known as the founder of modern nursing.
  • International Council of Nurses commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses’ Day (IND) resources and evidence.

HISTORY

  • This day has been celebrated since 1965.
  • Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, had proposed to President Dwight D Eisenhower in 1953 to proclaim a “Nurses’ Day”; but President Eisenhower rejected his request.
  • But the International Council of Nurses (ICN) has been celebrating this day since 1965.
  • In January 1974, May 12 was chosen to celebrate as International Nurses Day in honour of Florence Nightingale.

ABOUT YEAR OF THE NURSE AND MIDWIFE

  • World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
  • This year marks the bicentenary of the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. So, WHO decided to recognize the critical contribution both professions make to global health.

ABOUT ICN

  • A federationof more than 130 national nurses
  • Founded in 1899 and was the first international organization for health care professionals.
  • HQ-Geneva, Switzerland.
  • President-Annette Kennedy
  • CEO-Howard Catton

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