International Nurses Day

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2024 Date12 May 2024
2025 Date12 May 2025

International Nurses Day

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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.

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.

International Nurses Day Facts

  • The theme for International Nurses Day in 2024 was The Economic Power of Care. In 2023 the theme 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.
  • Nurses in Australia receive competitive salaries, with the average annual salary for a Registered Nurse ranging between AUD 65,000 and AUD 80,000, depending on experience and location.
  • In Australia, all nurses must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). There are various registration categories, such as the Registered Nurse (RN), Enrolled Nurse (EN), and Nurse Practitioner (NP).

International Nurses Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Watch Florence Nightingale (2008).
  • St Margaret’s Church in Eastney, Portsmouth, holds an annual service to commemorate nurses and midwives who have died.
  • Some communities and organizations hold charity events on International Nurses Day for causes such as nursing education or health-related charities.
  • The Australian War Memorial in Canberra honors many military nurses who served during wars. You could visit and pay respects to the courage and dedication of these nurses.
  • Often, healthcare workers' unions hold public events to raise awareness about issues in the sector, including working conditions for nurses. Taking part can be a way of showing your support.

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