International Nurses Day 2022: International Nurses Day is observed every year on May 12 to honour the effort and dedication of nurses all over the world. In 1965, the day was celebrated for the first time by The International Council of Nurses- ICN.
In 1953, an official of the US health, education, and welfare department, Dorothy Sunderland had proposed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower to proclaim ‘Nurses Day’ which he did not approve.
However, in 1974, May 12 was chosen to be celebrated as International Nurses Day. The date is also the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who was born on this day in 1820. She was the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale was an English nurse, a social reformer as well as a statistician.
The theme for International Nurses' Day 2022 is "Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health".
Florence Nightingale, on whose birth anniversary this day is celebrated, was also famously known as the Lady with the Lamp. She started working as a nurse in charge of the British and the allied soldiers who were wounded during the Crimean War. in Constantinople. She spent most of her time caring for the injured soldiers-often late into the night.
Florence Nightingale was the first to establish formal training for the nurses.
The first nursing school known as the Nightingale School of Nursing was inaugurated in 1860 in London. She also played a significant role in setting up a training school for the midwives as well. She became the first woman to be awarded the Order of Merit in 1907.
In her lifetime, Florence Nightingale also made various efforts in improving the health condition of all the sections of British society. She advocated for better hunger relief for India and helped in abolishing prostitution laws in England that were extremely harsh.
As the world is still battling the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, the roles of nurses at the forefront of this battle cannot be ignored. Nurses, like doctors and other healthcare workers, have been continuously providing care. They are often the only health professionals that people see while going through a health crisis.
The International Nurses Day 2022 assumes greater significance. Let's take this day to express gratitude to all the nurses and health workers around the world for their invaluable services in any situation whatsoever.