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 honors the tireless efforts and significant contributions made by nurses in advancing healthcare and providing essential care to patients worldwide. The annual observance is organized by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and seeks to raise awareness about the indispensable role of nurses, promote the nursing profession, and advocate for improved working conditions, continuous training, and higher education opportunities for nurses.

International Nurses Day holds special significance for India, as the country faces an ever-increasing demand for well-trained and skilled nursing professionals. The nursing profession has a long history in India, with nursing schools being established as early as the 1860s. Indian nurses have played an instrumental role not only in providing healthcare services domestically but have also made their mark at the international level with significant achievements and recognitions. International Nurses Day serves as an opportunity to honour the invaluable contributions of Indian nurses and raise awareness about the need to strengthen the nursing profession through education, recognition, and support.

International Nurses Day is observed with various activities organized by hospitals, nursing institutions, and healthcare organisations, celebrating the dedication and achievements of nurses. Events may include workshops, seminars, and educational programmes to enhance professional development and empower nurses with the latest knowledge and skills, as well as award ceremonies to honour outstanding nursing professionals. The observance of International Nurses Day on May 12th is a testament to the immense importance placed on the nursing profession across India and the vital role nurses play in the overall well-being of the nation.

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.
  • India has a nurse-to-population ratio of around 1.7 per 1,000 people, which is lower than the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommended minimum of 3.0 per 1,000 people.
  • The nursing profession in India is predominantly female, with women constituting around 88% of the total nursing workforce. However, more men are entering the field due to increased awareness and changing societal attitudes towards male nurses.

International Nurses Day Top 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.
  • India has a history of nursing and medicine that's worth exploring. In Delhi, for instance, there's the National Medical Library that you could visit.
  • A small gift, a 'Thank You' note or even sharing your story about how a nurse has positively impacted your life can encourage them and value their profession.

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