International Nurses Day 2021: What is the Significance and History of This Day?


Every year, May 12 is celebrated as International Nurses Day. On that day, the world’s most famous nurse – Florence Nightingale was born in 1820. She was a lady of dignity and eventually died on August 13, 1910.

International Nurses Day highlights the significance and need of nurses every year. As the world is suffering from the horrific pandemic, people are not understanding the importance of a nurse in life and have started appreciating them.

International Nurses Day

Nurses have always been the backbone of hospitals and clinics, and they are stupendously doing their job as warriors at the time of this pandemic. International Nurses Day is a marvelous opportunity for us to appreciate all our hard-working nurses.

History of International Nurses Day

She was an English social reformer, statistician, and founder of modern nursing. She was a responsible nurse and handed great responsibilities at a very young age and later she was put in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers in Turkey during the Crimean War.

She has always been devoted to her responsibilities that she was carrying on her shoulders, that is why she spent many hours in the wards, and providing extra care to the wounded and injured gave her the image of “Lady with the Lamp.”

She has an upper hand in establishing the first scientifically based nursing school – the Nightingale School of Nursing, at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, that opened in 1860. She was the first woman to be awarded the Order of Merit (1907).

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Significance of International Nurses Day

Nurses are frontline warriors as they are also fighting against the coronavirus. Just like doctors and healthcare workers, nurses are also providing necessary care to all COVID patients day and night without taking a break and risking their lives for other people.

This day must be celebrated in the form of expression of gratitude to all the hardworking nurses and health workers around the globe for their courage in stepping forward to help needy patients in such a tough time.

Nurse during COVID-19 situation

As per the data collected and according to the International Council of Nurses (ICN), more than 1.6 million health workers and frontline warriors have been infected by the coronavirus in 34 nations as of December 31, 2020.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nurses account for more than half of all the world’s health workers, and by focusing on the current situation of the world, low- and middle-income nations are facing a shortage of 5.9 million nurses.

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