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International Nurses Day to be celebrated across the globe

Thursday 11th May 2017
International Nurses Day will be marked around the world on Friday May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Image: AndreyPopov via iStock
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    International Nurses' Day is set to be celebrated across the globe on Friday May 12th.

    The event takes place on this date each year as this was the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is seen as the driver of many of the principles still used in modern nursing today.

    Two main themes have been selected for the event, with one looking at how the work that nurses do can support global sustainable development and the other all about celebrating individual nurses who have made a significant difference to people's lives or even whole communities.

    In the UK, the Royal College of Nursing is primarily focusing on the latter, asking nurses to talk about who inspired them to enter the profession.

    Meanwhile, nurses belonging to several hospitals and clinical commissioning groups are planning to use the hashtag #nurseheroes on social media to give a shout out to those who inspire them in their work each day. Patients and other members of the public can also use the hashtag to celebrate nursing staff that they are thankful for or that have had a significant impact on their lives.

    Claire Heneghan, who is a chief nurse at the West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, commented: "The work of my fellow nurses cannot be overlooked, from across the healthcare settings, be it working in hospital, a GP practice, walk-in centre or offering care within a home care setting.

    "It is great to see our nurses being celebrated across the week in this way and hopefully our #nurseheroes across social media will help to motivate and inspire our next generation of nurses to come through."

    The International Council of Nurses has decided to focus on the theme 'Nurses: A Voice to Lead', and will be using May 12th to raise awareness of how nurses are needed to help play a key role in achieving the healthcare-focused sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations (UN). By 2030, the UN wants to have eliminated multiple public health threats and significantly lowered the number of deaths around the world from incidents or illnesses that could have been easily prevented with better healthcare.

    Written by James Puckle

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