International Nurses Day 2020 on 12 May

International Nurse Day is celebrated on 12 May every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. She is the founder of modern nursing and was a British social reformer and statistician. Also known as Lady with the Lamp, Florence Nightingale was put in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers in Turkey during the Crimean War. She is renowned for setting up the Nightingale School of Nursing, at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London (opened 1860) in order to formalize nursing education. She was the first woman awarded the Order of Merit (1907).

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International Nurses Day 2020 Theme

International Council of Nurses has published its theme for the year 2020 around the COVID-19 pandemic on its official website icn.ch “Nursing the World to Health”

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The following are the themes for International Nurse Day is past years

  • 2020 – Nurses: A voice to lead – Nursing the World to Health
  • 2019 – Nurses: A voice to lead – Health for All
  • 2018 – Nurses: A voice to lead – Health is a Human Right
  • 2017 – Nurses: A voice to lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

2020: International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated the year 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. The world is in need of more than 9 million nurses and midwives in order to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. Also check www.2020yearofthenurse.org

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