International Nurses Day observed globally on 12 May

International Nurse Day is observed globally on 12 May every year. This day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. She was also known as Lady with the Lamp. She was the founder of modern nursing and was a British social reformer and statistician.

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The theme of 2021 International Nurses Day is ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare’.

Who was Florence Nightingale?

Florence Nightingale was put in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers in Turkey during the Crimean War. She is renowned for setting up the Nightingale School of Nursing, at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London (opened 1860) in order to formalize nursing education. She was the first woman awarded the Order of Merit (1907).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • International Council of Nurse’s headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • International Council of Nurses founded: 1899.
  • International Council of Nurses President: Annette Kennedy.

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