Nurses are Superheroes

THE GLEANER, WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2021 | | E7 DAY CONTINUED FROM E1 INTERNATIONAL NURSES’ DAY 2021 FEATURE birth of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. This year’s celebration is made all the more special as 2021 has been marked as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, as it’s the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. When did International Nurses’ Day begin? International Nurses Day has been celebrated by the ICN since 1965. However, it wasn’t until 1974 when May 12 was chosen to celebrate this day, to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. How is International Nurses Day celebrated? Each year, the International Council of Nurses prepares and distributes the International Nurses Day kit, containing valuable educational and public information materials that can be used by nurses around the world. However, countries around the world celebrate this occasion in their own way. For example, in the UK, there is a service held each year in Westminster Abbey in London, where a symbolic lamp is passed between nurses until it reaches the Nurses’ Chapel in the Abbey, where it is then placed on the High Altar. This symbolises the passing of knowledge from one nurse to another. – Taken from Twinkl