Why International Nurses Day Is Celebrated?

Sadly, many conclude that doctors are the most critical people in the health system, but this simply is not true. In all the medical institutions, nurses also play a major role. They are being in charge of the health, safety, and healing of patients.

Nurses have a vast amount of experience and many different skills that they spend years perfecting and improving. Working all the time in extremely challenging conditions where intense stress is just a part of the job. They help bring new life into the world, care diligently for the ill and the injured. They often watch the patients, despite their best efforts, do what they can to save pass away.

She has also been a vigilant nurse who found a mistake in a medical prescription in time to save someone’s life. Acknowledge the difficult work, long shifts, and emotional drive that is part of every nurse’s life on International Nurses Day.

The International Nurses Day takes place worldwide on 12 May. The Day has a special importance because it is the Lady With The Lamp birthday who was born exactly 200 years ago.

History of International Nurses Day

12 May is celebrated as an international nurse’s day in memory of the most innovative and influential nurse ever, Florence Nightingale. She was a British nurse.   She is also a statistician and a social reformer who lays the groundwork for what we know as a modern nursing-a systematic, methodical model of nursing for the ill. Modern nursing was not so simple until Nightingale, which we take for granted.

During the Crimean War Nightingale had volunteered much against the wishes of her family to go and nurse the British and allied soldiers in Turkey. She and her team were at risk because of news of the under standard treatment provided to the injured alliance soldiers. In the night rounds she took off one hand, holding the lamp aloft to give the wounded personal care, Nightingale spent a few hours in the ward and established her identity as the Lady with the Lamp.

She pursued the formalization of nursing education. She helped create the first scientifically validated nursing school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1860, the Nightingale School of Nursing.

She was not surprisingly the first woman to receive an order of merit from the British Empire (1907). International Nurses Day, celebrated annually on May 12, commemorates this legendary woman’s birth and honors the significant role nurses play in healthcare.

Why International Nurses Day Is Celebrated?
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Theme Of International Nurses Day

The theme for 2020, Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health. This shows how nurses are essential to addressing a diverse range of health problems. This year it takes on great significance as the world is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year the World Health Organization (WHO) named 2020 as the Nurse and Midwife’s Year. It also has historic significance, because this year’s 12 May Nurse Day will mark the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale ‘s birth.

How International Nurses Day Is Celebrated?

The International Nursing Week takes place in the US and Canada for a whole week. In Australia, too, there are types of nursing ceremonies. The priority during this week is on international health programs. And the American Nurses Association supports and encourages Nurses to celebrate and work.

The public was invited to “shine a light” on UK International Nurses Day on 12 May 2020. It is Florence ‘s 200th  birthday. Therefore, this year is a remarkable occurrence and the efforts of nursing workers worldwide to cope with the coronavirus pandemic without thinking about life are important to remember.

There are also numerous events such as educational conferences, a number of cultural programs, meetings, tournaments, talks, etc. In addition, the provision of presents, roses, dinners, and so on would reward and value nursing workers.

Nurses are individuals who address local patient needs. Who has the right abilities to communicate appropriately with their patients.  Also, improve patients’ physical and mental well-being, etc.

Also Read: How To Protect Senior Citizens From Coronavirus

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