Title : International Nurses’ Day on May 12, 2020

International Nurses’ Day: 12 May


Most awaited event for the nurse community, the world over, is the International Nurses’
Day (IND) on 12 May. The date was chosen to coincide with the birth of Florence Nightingale, who set benchmarks in what Nursing means and implies.

The event is celebrated all over the world with International Council of Nurses (ICN) as guiding organisation. International Nurses Day has added significance this year because for first time ever, World Health Organisation declared 2020 as the Year of Nurse and Midwife has been, to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of the nurse legend and the recognition of nurses by the world body.

Apart from seminars, workshops, talks, academic programme and public recognition to nurses for having performed outstanding duties, street shows and cultural events are also conducted by health promotion organisations. On this day, ICN also releases an IND Kit that contains a region-wise summative profile of achievements and targets in various health indicators as also the comments on the current strategies especially from the nurse perspective.

However, as the entire world is afflicted by deadly Covid19 virus, having already taken a toll of 2.48 lakh and the spectre still hovering over 212 countries, no formal celebrations are taking place for IND. Nurses as frontline ‘warriors’ in the fight against the virus have been discharging a big role at this critical hour when they are most in need.

In India, there has been convention of conferment of Florence Nightingale National Awards by the Hon’ble President of India on selected nurses from all over India, having made outstanding contribution in nursing in Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on this day. Nursing institutions organise academic discussions, consultations and other programmes on IND.