New Delhi: In 1974, May 12 was chosen to celebrate the day as it is the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. International Nurses Day is a day observed every year on May 12 to honor nurses. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) celebrated the day for the first time in 1965.
In 2020 and 2021, we have seen the devastations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In almost two years since the pandemic began in 2020, the world has seen over 160 million coronavirus cases and over 3 million deaths worldwide. The pandemic has burdened our health infrastructure unlike ever before.
Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system who have been risking their lives for months. Despite their importance to our health infrastructure, there is an urgent shortage of nurses worldwide despite them constituting more than half of the health workers, according to the World Health Organization.
Amid this backdrop, International Nurses Day 2021 assumes great significance to express our deep gratitude for nurses and health workers around the world. The theme for 2021 is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare.