Florence Nightingale’s birthday is celebrated as ‘International Nurses Day’ every year across the world on 12 May. The theme of 2020 Nurses Day is ‘Nursing for World Health’. It will encourage nurses and the public to celebrate International Nurses Day.
History of International Nurses Day
The proposal to celebrate ‘Nurses Day’ was first proposed by the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Dorothy Sutherland. Later US President D.D. Eisenhower confessed to celebrate it. This day was first celebrated in 1953. The International Nurses Council celebrated this day for the first time in 1965. It was decided in the year 1974 to celebrate the birth anniversary of the famous ‘Florence Nightingale’, a nursing professional, on 12 May as International Nurses Day.
Importance of International Nurses Day
Nursing is considered as the largest health profession in the entire world. The nurse should be well trained, educated and experienced to take care of the patient through aspects not only physically but also mentally and socially. Nurses have access and availability to take care of patients around the clock when professional physicians are busy seeing other patients. Nurses are expected to be friendly, supportive and affectionate in boosting patients’ morale and controlling their illness.