“If love can’t cure it, Nurse can”, this is a perfect saying about nurses because they care a patient with love. 12th ,May of every year is being celebrated as “INTERNATIONAL NURSE DAY “, in the memory of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The day signifies the contribution of nurses towards people’s health. The theme of this year would be “Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving health systems' resilience”. The theme signifies that the nurses play an important role to strengthen the flexibility of our medical system. The resilience of a health system is its capacity to respond, adapt and strengthen in any emergency such as a disease outbreak, natural disaster or in war.
Significance of this day:
Nursing is considered as largest healthcare profession in the world. Nurses are well trained, educated and experienced for taking care of the patient through all aspects like physical, psychological and social. While the doctors are busy professionals with little encounter with the patients, the nurses accessible and available to the patients round the clock to take care of the patients. The nurses are expected to be friendly, helpful and supportive to the patients in overcoming their illness and in boosting their morale.
International nurse day is celebrated:
The beginning of “Nurse Day” goes back to 1953, when Dorothy Sutherland an officer from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in the U.S. proposed the celebration of this day which was further declared by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1965, this day first celebrated by International Council of Nurse. In 1974 it was decided to observe this day on 12th May every year to commemorate with the birthday of Florence Nightingale who is a noted world leader in nursing profession.
International nurse day is celebrated all over the world in various ways. In U.S and Canada, this is a whole week celebration. A complete week is dedicated to nurses and their significant role in caring patients and their contribution in health services. Various activities are held throughout the week such as educational seminars, debates, various competitions and discussions on nursing related issues. Nurses are also honoured on this day by distributing gifts, flowers and organising dinners.
In London, a candle is handed over to nurses in chain to symbolise their contribution to the health service. The main celebration usually takes place in St. Margaret’s Church, the burial place of Florence Nightingale.
In India Nursing day is organised by holding activities such as educational seminars and discussions on nursing issues. Certificates and prizes are also distributed to the nurses for their best contribution to health services.
The International Council of Nurses celebrates this important day each year with the distribution of the International Nurses' Day (IND) Kit. The IND kit pertaining to this year contains educational and public information materials including poster.
“Nurses are the hospitality of the hospital” – Carrie Lafet