International Nurses Day is Comes on 12 May every Year.12 May is the Birth Anniversary of the Florence Nightingale. Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing. During the Crimean war, she worked as a manager and trainer of nurses. In the Crimean War, she organized to care for the wounded soldiers. She Gave nursing a favorable reputation and become an icon of Victorian Culture.
The International Council of Nurses has celebrated this day since 1965. This Day is observed to encourage the work of nurses. On this Day International Council of Nurses, Produce kit to educate health workers and nurses around the world. This Day is celebrated with a different theme each year.
How to Celebrate This Day:-
On this Day At Westminster Abbey, London Candle lamp service is organized to celebrate this day. A candle lamp is passed from one nurse to another to place it on the high altar. Day After the birthday of Florence Nightingale At St.Margaret’s church, the Florence Nightingale burial place a big ceremony is organized.
In Canada and the US, this day is celebrated for a week as a part of the National Nursing Week from 6th of May to the 12th of May. Different Nursing ceremonies are conducted during the whole Week. This Week targeting the health care services on the international level. Nursing Week is celebrated to recognize the contributions and commitments of the nurses among the common public.
American Nurses Association Supports and encourages the celebration of the national Nurses week all through states and districts of the US. Different Activities are held including educational seminars, different community events, competition.
Nurses are appreciated and honored on this day by distributing gifts, flowers, organizing dinners and etc by friends, family members, coworkers.
INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY THEME
Every year’s theme of the International Nurses Day celebration from 1988 to 2018 is mentioned below:
- The theme of 1988 was “Safe Motherhood”.
- The theme of 1989 was “School Health”.
- The theme of 1990 was “Nurses and Environment”.
- The theme of 1991 was “Mental Health – Nurses in Action”.
- The theme of 1992 was “Healthy Aging”.
- The theme of 1993 was “Quality, costs, and Nursing”.
- The theme of 1994 was “Healthy Families for Healthy Nation”.
- The theme of 1995 was “Women’s Health: Nurses Pave the Way”.
- The theme of 1996 was “Better Health through Nursing Research”.
- The theme of 1997 was “Healthy Young People = A Brighter Future”.
- The theme of 1998 was “Partnership for Community Health”.
- The theme of 1999 was “Celebrating Nursing’s past, claiming the future”.
- The theme of 2000 was “Nurses – Always there for you”.
- The theme of 2001 was “Nurses, Always There for You: United against Violence”.
- The theme of 2002 was “Nurses Always There for You: Caring for Families”.
- The theme of 2003 was “Nurses: Fighting AIDS stigma, working for all”.
- The theme of 2004 was “Nurses: Working with the Poor; Against Poverty”.
- The theme of 2005 was “Nurses for Patients’ Safety: Targeting counterfeit medicines and substandard medication”.
- The theme of 2006 was “Safe staffing saves lives”.
- The theme of 2007 was “Positive practice environments: Quality workplaces = quality patient care”.
- The theme of 2008 was “Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Primary Health Care”.
- The theme of 2009 was “Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Care Innovations”.
- The theme of 2010 was “Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care”.
- The theme of 2011 was “Closing the Gap: Increasing Access and Equity”.
- The theme of 2012 was “Closing the Gap: From Evidence to Action”.
- The theme of 2013 was “Closing the Gap: Millennium Development Goals”.
- The theme of 2014 was: “Nurses: A Force for Change – A Vital Resource for Health”.
- The theme of 2015 was “Nurses: A Force for Change: Care Effective, Cost Effective”.
- The theme of 2016 was “Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving health systems’ resilience”.
- The theme of 2017 was: “Nursing: A voice to lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.
- The theme of 2018 is: “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence”.