International Nurses Day

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2023 Date12 May 2023
2024 Date12 May 2024
International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day History

International Nurses Day aims to celebrate the vital role that nurses play in healthcare systems worldwide. This observance highlights the significant contributions of nurses in providing quality care, advocating for patient safety, and promoting public health. The day also serves as an opportunity for the global community to acknowledge the dedication, commitment, and sacrifices made by nurses in the course of their work.

The concept of International Nurses Day can be traced back to 1953, when an official with the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare proposed the idea. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has been organising the event since 1965. For Australians, the observance of International Nurses Day is particularly significant given the vital role nurses play within their healthcare system. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, in 2020, there were almost 400,000 nurses and midwives registered in the country, which constitutes the largest healthcare profession in Australia.

In Australia, International Nurses Day is observed by various activities aimed at recognising and appreciating the tireless efforts of nurses. These activities include award ceremonies for outstanding nurses and midwives, as well as events, seminars, and conferences that focus on exploring key issues affecting the nursing profession. Public health institutions, private organisations, and professional associations encourage the public to thank nurses for their services, often using social media campaigns to share stories of appreciation. International Nurses Day is observed on the 12th of May each year, coinciding with the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.

International Nurses Day Facts

  • The theme for International Nurses Day in 2023 was Our Nurses. Our Future.
  • According to the Nursing & Midwifery Council, in 2022, there were 758,000 registered Nurses spread throughout the UK.
  • According to the NHS, the median pay for Nurses in 2023 was £33,000.

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