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World Nurses Day 2021: Current Theme, History and Significance.

World Nurses Day this day is to thank all nurses, their dedication, and work, especially during the on-going coronavirus pandemic. Nurses are indispensable in safeguarding public health.

World Nurses Day Nurses play an essential role in our medical institutions such as giving safety or help in the recovery of patients etc. No doubt when some patient is in need of care then nurses work tirelessly to identify and protect the needs of the individual.

Nurses also have immense knowledge and have several skills that they spend in an hospital for perfection and development. Most of the time nurses work in tough environments where extreme stress is a part of their job.

“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.”– Val Saintsbury.

Nurses Day 2021: Theme

The theme for 2021 is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare. The theme focuses on how nursing will look into the future and also how the profession will transform the next stage of healthcare.

The theme for 2020 was Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health. The theme focuses on how nurses are playing a crucial role in addressing a wide range of health challenges.

The day encourages nurses and the public to celebrate the day. It will also provide information and resources so that the profession will grow throughout the year and attract a new generation into the nursing family.

Let us tell you that the World Health Organisation (WHO) designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. We can’t ignore the courageous work of nurses and other health workers in fighting against coronavirus.  

The effort of the ICN is to bring the nursing community together during this unprecedented pandemic by sharing on this platform. All the information and knowledge gathered by you and their member associations.

International Nurses Day: History

In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, contacted President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dorthy Sutherland proposed to celebrate “Nurses Day”. At that time he did not approve her proposal.

Since 1965, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day. Finally, in January 1974, 12 May was officially declared as ‘International Nurses Day.’ On this date Florence Nightingale was born, who is the founder of modern nursing.

Every year on this day ICN prepares and distributes the International Nurses Day Kit. The Kit consists of educational and public information materials that can be used by nurses among the public. Let us tell you that National Student Nurse’s Day is celebrated on 8 May since 1998.

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”– Mother Teresa

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