Monday, May 02, 2011

May 12, 2011 is the International Day of the Nurse

2011 International Year of the Nurse
International Theme: "Closing the Gap: Increasing Access & Equity"

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. The International Council of Nurses commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses' Day (IND) Kit. The IND kit 2011, contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses everywhere. (From ICN Website)

The Origins and History of Nurses Day 

Even though a National Nurses' Day was first planned in 1953, it was not, until 1974 that the things actually worked out, when the International Council of Nurses stated publicly May 12 as International Nurse Day.
After that in 1982 President Ronald Reagan signed a public statement that recognized a countrywide day of adherence for nurses on May 6, however this was later on extended to a weeklong commemoration to take in May 12. In 1997 the American Nurses Association elected May 8 as National Student Nurses' Day.
The reason that Nurses Day is observed on the 12th May every year is for the reason that this is the birth date of Florence Nightingale. She made many improvements to nursing and health care and radically cut the death rate amid soldiers in the Crimean War as a consequence of her hard work, devotion and tuition of fellow nurses. The International Council For Nurses (ICN) in America commenced the happenings in 1965, although it was not formally known by the US Government until 1974. 

In 1999 nurses and public sector workers union UNISON called for a operation to alter the date and get rid of the past significance of Florence Nightingale from Nurses Week for the reason that they believed that she no longer mirrors present day nursing because of her class and communal milieu. They considered that she was not in observance with the multi cultural character of present nursing. Unison recommended the day be observed on 21 May which was the birthday of Elizabeth Fry. She was a 19th century reformer who established the Institution of Nursing Sisters quite a few years before Florence Nightingale set up her own nursing team. She went on to perk up the life of the psychologically ill and made many improvements in hospitals. 
However the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) differed with this movement and were backed by a lot of more nurses who believed that Florence Nightingale was a significant creator of contemporary nursing and must truly be kept in mind and celebrated on International Nurses Day.

AYNLA and the International Nurses Day in the Philippines
The Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders & Advocates International commonly known as AYNLA will also celebrate the 2011 IND in the country through its different Local Chapters. Celebrations may be through creating symposia, fora, seminars and or by simply having Chapter gatherings and have fellowship discussing the international theme.
ICN IDN 2011

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