International Nurses Day
International Nurses Day is celebrated every year on May 12, the date of Florence Nightingale’s birth. In reference to the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. It is celebrated in memory of the noble deeds performed by nurses for society, by distributing thematic documentation accompanied by a set of evidence.
It was started in 1965 by the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Since the 1980s, the International Council of Nurses has published on that day studies, works and reports called the “International Nurses’ Day Kit” around the theme of nursing care in the world.
The day is also associated with calls to politicians for an improvement in the care situation. The ICN publishes teaching and promotional materials for this day, which are intended to draw attention to the great achievements of carers around the world. The ICN also always has a different motto for the day.
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Who was Florence Nightingale?
Florence Nightingale laid the foundations for the contemporary nursing profession. Her contributions are numerous: she was the first person to define that each patient has individual needs, that the role of the nurse aims to meet these needs and she took into account the health-disease dimensions of nursing. She has made nursing a respected occupation by establishing education, emphasizing the importance of continuing education, and distinguishing nursing from medicine. She believed that “good nursing practice does not grow on its own; it is the result of studies, teaching, training, practice, which ends up in a solid foundation that can be transferred in all settings, to all patients.
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