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.

International Nurses Day 2020 Theme:

International Council of Nurses has published its theme for the year 2020 around the COVID-19 pandemic on its official website icn.ch “Nursing the World to Health”. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated the year 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

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

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