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International Nurses Day 2021: History, significance, facts & quotes

International Nurses Day: Each year on May 12, the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the world’s most famous nurse, is observed as International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day is observed every year on May 12 every year as on this day in 1820, Florence Nightingale was born.

She was an English nurse, a social reformer and a statistician who founded the key pillars of modern nursing.

International Nurses Day Significance

International Nurses Day holds a great significance amid the horrific coronavirus pandemic. Nurses are the backbone of the hospitals and clinics in these testing times taking care of the millions of COVID-19 patients for months putting their lives at risk.

According to the ICN (International Council of Nurses), over 1.6 million healthcare workers in 34 countries have been infected by COVID-19 till 31 December 2020.

International Nurses Day History 

Florence Nightingale the founder of modern nursing, known as the Lady with the Lamp,

started working as a nursing in-charge of the British and allied soldiers, who were left wounded during the Crimean War. Florence Nightingale spent most of her time caring and comforting the injured. She was the first to establish formal training for nurses. The first nursing school – the Nightingale School of Nursing – was inaugurated in London in 1860. She was the first woman the Order of Merit 1907.

International Nurses Day Quotes

Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.” —Val Saintsbury.

The most important practical lesson that can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe.” —Florence Nightingale.

Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation”–Aristotle


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