May 12 : International Nurses Day

Posted on:13 May 2016 09:57:10

May 12 : International Nurses Day
13 May 2016 Current Affairs GK: International Nurses Day (IND) is an international day celebrated around the world on 12 May of each year, to mark the contributions nurses make to society.

Theme of International Nurses Day (IND) : Nurses: A Force for Change : Improving Health Systems' Resilience

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day since 1965.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, who is widely considered 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.

In 1999, the British public sector union UNISON voted to ask the ICN to transfer this day to another date, saying Nightingale does not represent modern nursing.As of 1998, 8 May was designated as annual National Student Nurses' Day. As of 2003, the Wednesday within National Nurses Week, between 6 and 12 May, is National School Nurse Day.

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