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** International Nurses Day **

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International Nurses Day
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Also called ICN
Observed by UN Members
Begins 1965
Date 12 May
Next time *12 May 2016* (2016-05-12)
Frequency annual

*International Nurses Day* (*IND*) is celebrated around the world on 12 May
of each year, to mark the contributions nurses make to society.^[1]


· 1 Background
· 2 UK celebrations
· 3 Themes
· 4 National Nursing Week (US and Canada)
· 5 Australian celebrations
· 6 See also
· 7 References
· 8 External links


The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day since

In 1953 Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the U.S. Department of Health,
Education and Welfare, proposed that President Dwight D. Eisenhower
proclaim a "Nurses' Day"; he did not approve it.

In January 1974, 12 May was chosen to celebrate the day as it is the
anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who is widely considered
the founder of modern nursing.^[/citation needed/] Each year, ICN prepares
and distributes the International Nurses' Day Kit.^[/citation needed/] The
kit contains educational and public information materials, for use by
nurses everywhere.

In 1999, the British public sector union UNISON voted to ask the ICN to
transfer this day to another date, saying Nightingale does not represent
modern nursing.^[/citation needed/]

As of 1998, 8 May was designated as annual National Student Nurses' Day. As
of 2003, the Wednesday within National Nurses Week, between 6 and 12 May,
is National School Nurse Day.^[/citation needed/]

*UK celebrations[edit]*

Each year a service is held in Westminster Abbey in London. During the
Service, a symbolic lamp is taken from the Nurses' Chapel in

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Nurses_Day

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