Nurses day 2017



Nurses treat you with care and compassion. They play a very important role in the wellbeing of the society and hence, to recognize their contribution International Nurses week (IND) is observed every year across the world between May 6th and 12th. The International Council of Nurses (ICN), the apex body of nurses worldwide, has been observing this day since 1965.

History And Origination

During 1953, Dorothy Sutherland, who was an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, proposed to the then President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower to proclaim a day of the year as Nurses Day. However, he didnít entertain the idea and the decision remained pending till January, 1974 when President Nixon finally made it official.

But, before that in 1954, a week long celebration of National Nurse Week took place between October 11th and 16th to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea.

The first Nurses Day was observed on 12th May 1974 on the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who was regarded as the founder of modern nursing.

In the year 1981, a proposal was made by the nurses association of New Mexico to declare May 6th as the "National Recognition Day for Nurses." This proposal was proclaimed by President Regan. However, it wasnít until 1990 the week long celebration of Nurses Day started and since then it is being celebrated each year between May 6th and May 12th .

Since 2003 National Student Nurses Day is being observed on the Wednesday during the Nurses Week celebration.

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Celebration of Nurses Day

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is one of the largest patrons of the event. It supports, encourages and conducts many events across the states during the Nurses Week to promote and popularize it. The week long celebrations are planned to showcase the variety of schedules that nurses are required to perform.

The week long event is mostly celebrated by recognizing nurses with gifts and laurels. Banquets and recognition dinners are organized at many places and often funded by the state authorities. Nurses receive gifts and flowers as tokens of appreciation from their coworkers, employers and patients.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) celebrates the day by distributing International Nurses' Day Kits that contain educational and informational literatures and materials for the nurses to use worldwide.

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Nurses Week 2016

National Nurses Week 2016 began on Wednesday, May 6 and ended on Tuesday, May 12. ICN has made it a point to celebrate the Nurses week each year to promote a special cause. In 2016, they have decided the theme for the event as Closing The Gap: From Evidence to Action.

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