Every year on May 12, International Nurses Day is observed to honor and recognize the efforts of nurses worldwide. The day is observed to recognize the sacrifices and extremely valuable contributions that nurses make to society by caring for the sick and weak until they recover. Nurses are also recognized for their commitment to healthcare and service. This day also commemorates the birth of Florence Nightingale, who is regarded as the “founder of modern nursing.”
While the entire world grapples with the dangers posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers and nurses have been working around the clock to care for vulnerable patients. Nurses have made enormous sacrifices, fought heroically, and rededicated themselves on a regular basis to combat an unprecedented global health crisis throughout the pandemic era. Here is some additional information about the day honouring their contributions to the healthcare industry:
History of International Nurses Day 2022
The first International Nurses Day was noticed around the world in 1965. International Nurses Day is observed to recognise the importance of nurses around the world and their contributions to the medical field. Every year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) commemorates the occasion by developing and disseminating information and tools.
According to the World Health Organization, the theme for this year’s International Nurses Day is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and Respect Rights to Secure Global Health.”
The significance of International Nurses Day
The significance of International Nurses Day is based on Florence Nightingale’s story. Every year, governments and autonomous entities strive to improve nursing services for their patients by increasing knowledge of the most recent health-care facilities, providing education, and hosting seminars and workshops for nurses on patient needs. Every nurse does everything possible every day to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
Florence Nightingale, who was she?
Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820, and worked as a nurse manager and trainer during the Crimean War between Russia and Britain. During the Crimean War, she organised the care centre for injured troops in Constantinople. In addition to fighting Russian forces, she and her team of 38 nurses cared for British soldiers who were suffering from poor sanitation.
As a result of her efforts and services, nursing gained a positive reputation. She earned the nickname “The Lady with the Lamp” because she visited injured soldiers at night and became a symbol of Victorian society.