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International Nurses Day 2014 observed across the world

May 12, 2014 14:14 IST

International Nurses Day was observed across the world on 12 May 2014. The day is observed every year on the 12 May on anniversary of birth of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The day is observed to mark contributions of nurses towards people’s health.
On this day, the International Council of Nurses commemorates nurses by distributing International Nurses’ Day (IND) Kit. This IND Kit 2014 contains educational and public information materials for use by nurses everywhere.

IND theme for 2014 is Nurses: A Force for Change – A vital resource for health.    

International Nurses’ Day is celebration in India

On this day, the President of India presents National Florence Nightingale Awards to selected nurses from across India. The award was instituted by Union Health Ministry and carries a Medal, a citation certificate and a prize amount of 50000 rupees.

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale was born on 12 May 1820 and became an important figure in nursing sector during the Crimean War of 1850s. At that time, she worked at the Barrack Hospital at Scutari (now in Istanbul) and led a team of nurses who cared for the injured British soldiers. She was appreciated for imposing strict standards of care including keeping ward clear, well stocked food and medical supplies.

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