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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Happy International Nurses Day!

Posted by vini np at 2:02 PM
Hurrayy!! Almost a year, I was in nursing school and now, this is ma first to celebrate our day. International Nursing Day! :D :D
actually, so many words I wanna type to this ugly blog 'bout nurses. But, again and again (it's like one of 2PM's songs! lol), I don't have much time to write. :(
so, I'll just tell the history of nurses day.

OVERVIEW OF NURSES DAY

The U.S. and Canada celebrate their National Nursing Week each year from May 9 to May 15 each year. It was established by President Richard Nixon in 1974.

International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated around the world every May 12. This day is celebrated to remember of all the precious contribution nurses make to the society. In general, nursing is still considered to be one of the most low-paid and thankless jobs.

HISTORY OF NURSES DAY

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) celebrates this day since 1965. In January 1974 they accepted the decision that the day will be commemorated each year on the 12 May. The date was chosen as the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), who is widely considered the founder of modern nursing. Each year, this body prepares and distributes the International Nurses' Day (IND) Kit. The kit contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses everywhere.

As Florence Nightingale is no longer seen as a role model in some parts of the world, demands have arisen, for example by the British public sector union UNISON, to transfer this day on another date. 21 May, the birthday of Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845), has been suggested. Elizabeth Fry founded the Institution of Nursing Sisters and is also known for her work with prisoners.

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