International Nurses Day 2020

12 May 2020  Tue

Today (May 12) is observed as International Nurses Day across the world. International Nurses Day is organized every year to celebrate the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The theme for International Nurses Day 2020 is "Nursing the World to Health".

The WHO has also designated 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife, to make the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic highlights the vital role played by nurses. Without nurses and other health workers, it is impossible to win the battle against outbreaks.

Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, had proposed to President Dwight D Eisenhower in 1953 to proclaim a "Nurses' Day"; but President Eisenhower rejected his request. But the International Council of Nurses (ICN) has been celebrating this day since 1965. In January 1974, May 12 was chosen to celebrate as International Nurses Day in honor of Florence Nightingale.

The Stamp above is issued by India Post in the year 2011 to commemorate the Trained Nurses Association of India. The stamp depicts Indian nurses attending to the patients.

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