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International Nurses Day 2022: Date, Theme, History and Significance

May 12 is also celebrated as the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

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International Nurses Day 2022 date: International Nurses’ Day is celebrated annually on 12 May in memory of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, but also to honour nurses as an invaluable resource, and raise awareness of the challenges they face.

History of  International Nurses Day:

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day since 1965. May 12 is also celebrated as the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Florence was a social reformer and English nurse. She was the one who dipped her feet in the nursing profession and made it a renowned profession.

In 1953 Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, proposed that President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaim a “Nurses’ Day”; he did not approve it.

In January 1974, 12 May was chosen to celebrate the day as it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Each year, ICN prepares and distributes the International Nurses’ Day Kit. The kit contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses everywhere.

As of 1998, 8 May was designated as annual National Student Nurses’ Day.

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International Nurses Day 2022 Theme

The theme for this year is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health, which focuses on the need to protect, support and invest in the nursing profession to strengthen health systems around the world.

Significance of International Nurses Day:

Nurses have played an essential role during the time of pandemics. They became the back of the entire health care system and ensured that every patient is taken care of. Apart from that they also ensured to multitask in order to manage every patient.

International Nurses Day Quotes by Mother Teresa

“Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.”

“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.”

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”

“Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.”

“If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.”

“A life not lived for others is not a life.”

“I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.”

“Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.”

“Work without love is slavery.”

“I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you know your next-door neighbor?”

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”

“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”

“Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.”

“One of the realities we’re all called to go through is to move from repulsion to compassion and from compassion to wonderment.”

“If we are humble, nothing will change us, neither praise, nor discouragement.”

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