International Nurses’ Day is celebrated around the world every year to pay tribute to nurses for all their hard work and contributions. The day falls on the 12th of May – the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
Florence Nightingale is considered to be the founder of modern nursing. The petition to celebrate nurses began in 1953, when Dorothy Sutherland – an official at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare – made contact with the current President Dwight D. Eisenhower to propose “Nurses’ Day”. Sutherland’s bid for a celebration of nurses was rejected and it wasn’t until the 12th of May 1965 that the International Council of Nurses (ICN) declared the day officially International Nurses Day.
To celebrate nurses around the world, ICN prepares and distributes an International Nurses’ Day Kit full of educational materials and information to be used by nurses everywhere. This year’s theme is “A Voice to Lead: Health is a Human Right”.
2018 is all about ensuring people around the world have access to healthcare, and nurses are instrumental in making sure this happens. Nurses have a huge voice in the healthcare sector and their influence is making this year’s International Nurses’ Day theme a reality.
How Are We Celebrating?
Here at CRG, we are forever appreciating the hard work, resilience, and determination of all nurses. To showcase our thanks we have been working closely with nurses in our #EveryNurse campaign to find out what their job means to them. Our International Nurses’ Day video showcases the responsibilities our nurses have and just how important the work they do is.
To all nurses – we thank you!