【International Nurses Day】
International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on 12 May each year to appreciate the contributions of nurses towards people's health. The day is held coinciding with the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
Each year, there is a particular theme chosen for the day.
Nurses：A Force for change：Improving health systems' resilience
【Facts about Nursing Profession You Did Not Know】
1. The Date of May 12 was chosen coinciding with the birthday anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who is considered to be the founder of modern nursing.
2. There is something really interesting about Florence Nightingale's name. She was born in Florence—hence the name. Similarly her sister, Frances Parthenope Nightingale, was born in 'Pathenopolis', a region of Naples.
3. Originally, the word 'Nurse' would mean wet nurse, and were employed to breastfeed aristocratic babies.
4. The modern meaning of the word evolved after 'nurses' were referred to any woman who looked after children.
5. In the US military, approximately one-third of all nurses are male.
6. The New England hospital for Women and Children, established in 1862, was the first nursing school in the country.
【The Florence Nightingale Pledge】
I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly,
to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully.
I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous,
and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.
I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession,
and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling.
With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work,
and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.