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International Nurses Day by Melanie P. Smith

May 12th

International activities… Australia & Ireland– hold weeklong celebrations to honor the great work nurses do throughout year.

Cover design created to honor International Nurses Day

We learned a lot from 2020. All of us have endured struggles, heartache, and pain. If there was a shining light through all the chaos, it had to be the amazing nurses around the globe. Historically, members of this profession have been taken for granted. But, when the pressure mounted, these individuals demonstrated their commitment and courage. Their unwavering dedication and care helped all of us get through a difficult pandemic.

Singapore celebrates Nurses Day on August 1st. Back in the 1800’s Singapore realized there were several hospitals but a lack of nurses to support the doctors. French nuns were trained to fill the need. United Kingdom— A special service is held at St. Margaret’s Church at East Wellow in Hampshire, where Florence Nightingale is buried. United States—The US celebrates Nursing Week from May 6-12. They observe the 12th (Nightingale’s birthday) as International Nurses Day. In 1974, President Nixon was the first president to officially recognize National Nurses Week. In 1980, President Reagan designated May 6 as National Recognition Day for Nurses., which begins a week of events and ceremonies honoring members of this important profession.

In January 1974, May 14th was chosen to celebrate nurses —The anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. “As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients, their families, and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

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