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International Nurses Day 2020: Know history, theme, wishes, WhatsApp messages to wish health professionals

International Nurses Day 2020 is special because it marks the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale who is known to be the founder of modern nursing.

International Nurses Day 2020: Know history, theme, wishes, WhatsApp messages to wish health professionals
India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi May 12, 2020 10:42 IST
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International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12 every year. It marks the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale who is known to be the founder of modern nursing. The first International Nurses Day was celebrated in 1965. International Nurses Day 2020 is special because it marks her 200th birthday. Not only this, but the day also holds a special significance in the terms when the world is fighting a global pandemic coronavirus. The doctors, nurses as well as the other medical staff have put their lives in danger to fight COVID-19 and treat the patients affected from it. 

Various activities are observed on this day like seminars, debates, competitions, discussions during which the nurses are honoured and appreciated and are given gifts, flowers, etc. The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday paid tribute to nurses and all health professionals, a day ahead of the International Nurses Day.

"Happy International Nurses Day for tomorrow! And of course, we should pay tribute to our nurses and all health professionals every single day, but at the same time, tomorrow is a very, very important day and we have to celebrate our nurses," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference in Geneva, Xinhua reported.

Tedros said that due to the ongoing pandemic and also the consensus from the nursing associations and the midwives' associations, the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020 would be postponed to 2021. Furthermore, he said the consensus was to have "the 2020 as the Decade of the Nurse and the Midwife."

A portrait of Florence Nightingale

International Nurses Day 2020 Theme:

The theme of this day is decided by the International Council of Nurses (ICN). This year it has been set as 'Nurses: A Nurses: A voice to lead - Nursing the World to Health.'

Many people took to Twitter to wish all the nurses for their contribution. Have a look:

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International Nurses Day 2020 Wishes:

  • Even though your contribution deserves to be celebrated, allow us to show our gratitude towards your service on this special occasion. Happy Nurses Day!
  • Happy International Nurses Day 2020! Your kind smile is enough to cure all the diseases of the world! So always put a big smile on your face!
  • Nurses bear the true spirit of humanity. Happy Nurses Day 2020 to all the beautiful souls.
  • Thank you so much for bringing hope into this hopeless world and nursing the infected society with your love and care. Happy Nurses Day!

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