International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12th May annually around the world. It is celebrated on the same day as that of birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who is widely considered as the founder of modern nursing. This way International Nurses Day serves two purposes, first to spread the important roles played by the Nurses in the Medical field and secondly to pay tribute to the contributions of Florence Nightingale in the development of Modern Nursing.
Promotional and educational activities are organized while celebrating the International Nurses Day annually to address lots of nursing issues. It is also celebrated as a week long event, referred as National Nurses Week, in many countries like Australia, United States and Canada.
History of International Nurses Day:
Historically in 1953, Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, contacted President Dwight D. Eisenhower and proposed to dedicate a specific day to be celebrated as “Nurses’ Day”. However, the President did not approve her proposal at that time.
Later on the International Council of Nurses has celebrated on May 12th since 1965. May 12th is an important date to all nurses, as it is also the birth date of Florence Nightingale, who is considered as the founder of modern nursing.
In January 1974, this day was finally officially made International Nurses Day. Each year since then, ICN prepares and distributes something called the International Nurses’ Day Kit which contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses everywhere.
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Nurses Day Themes – Slogans:
Each year International Nurses Day is celebrated under a specific theme which depicts the focus point of ICN throughout the year. Following are the past year themes of the day from 1988 to 2017.
|2017||A voice to lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals|
|2016||A Force for Change: Improving health systems’ resilience|
|2015||A Force for Change: Care Effective, Cost Effective|
|2014||Nurses: A Force for Change – A Vital Resource for Health|
|2013||Closing the Gap: Millennium Development Goals|
|2012||Closing the Gap: From Evidence to Action|
|2011||Closing the Gap: Increasing Access and Equity|
|2010||Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care|
|2009||Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Care Innovations|
|2008||Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Primary Health Care|
|2007||Positive practice environments: Quality workplaces = quality patient care|
|2006||Safe staffing saves lives|
|2005||Nurses for Patients’ Safety: Targeting counterfeit medicines and substandard medication|
|2004||Nurses: Working with the Poor; Against Poverty|
|2003||Nurses: Fighting AIDS stigma, working for all|
|2002||Nurses Always There for You: Caring for Families|
|2001||Nurses, Always There for You: United against Violence|
|2000||Nurses – Always there for you|
|1999||Celebrating Nursing’s past, claiming the future|
|1998||Partnership for Community Health|
|1997||Healthy Young People = A Brighter Future|
|1996||Better Health through Nursing Research|
|1995||Women’s Health: Nurses Pave the Way|
|1994||Healthy Families for Healthy Nation|
|1993||Quality, costs and Nursing|
|1991||Mental Health – Nurses in Action|
|1990||Nurses and Environment|
International Nurses Day Quotes:
- If love can’t cure it, nurses can – Unknown
- Nurse is a person who cares for patients they’ve never met before – Unknown
- Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring with or without even a prescription – Val Saintsbury
- Nurses are the hospitality of the hospital – Carrie Lafet
- A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed – Henrik Ibsca
- Nurses are the heartbeat of Healthcare – Unknown
- Women have no sympathy and my experience of women is almost as large as Europe – Florence Nightingale
- Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse – Elizabeth Kenny
- Hospitals are only an intermediate stage of civilization – Florence Nightingale
- Some minds remain open long enough for the truth not only to enter but to pass on through by way of a ready exit without pausing anywhere along the route – Elizabeth Kenny
- She said the object and color in the materials around us actually have a physical effect on us, on how we feel – Florence Nightingale
Significance of International Nurses Day:
Nurses are the important part in the health care system. They play equally vital role as that of Doctors in the take care and recovery process of the patients. They are the fast and usually first point of contact in every health care system.
Nurses are well trained and educated for maintaining the health and wellness of the patients through all the aspects like psychologically and socially. Infect most of the time the Nurses even spend more time with the patients as compare to the doctors. They closely observe the patients’ medical status and can update the Doctors in a more appropriate way.
Truly speaking if we minus the Nurses from the health care system the whole system might be collapsed. So no one can deny the significance of Nurses in the medical profession. Infect the importance is even increasing in the modern health care system.
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How to Celebrate International Nurses Day:
International Nurses day should must be celebrated in full esteem to spread maximum awareness about the important role of the Nurses in the medical profession. Events and seminars should be organized to highlight the efforts of Nurses in the recovery process of patients. General public people should be educated to cooperate and give due respect to the Nurses in the Hospitals. Top Performing nurses should be awarded with gifts and certificates.
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