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International Nurses day

International Nurses day

Every year, May 12 has been observed as International Nurses day throughout the world. We have more than one reason to celebrate the day as it just doesn't mark the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing this year but also the world is facing a grievous challenge where nurses worldwide have put their lives at stake to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The day marks the contributions that nurses make to society and why it is very important to appreciate all their efforts. The theme for this year’s International Nurses Day set by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) is

‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health’.

Not only does it ring rightly with the current pandemic situation but it also focuses on the true value of these frontline workers.

Ordinarily this would be a time for mass celebration, but as nursing staff across the world stand united in responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we must use today to shine a light on the remarkable work all health and care staff are doing for the entire nation.

That’s why we’re asking the public and patients to say thank you to nursing staff everywhere to show nurses and their colleagues how their professionalism is truly appreciated.