International Nurses Day 2020: Know all about theme, history and significance

International Nurses Day 2020

May 12 is celebrated International Nurses Day to mark the contributions of nurses who play a pivotal part in the whole delivery care system. This day is coincides with the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing.


This year theme for International Nurses Day 2020 is “Nursing the World to Health”.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife, to make the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. This year the day holds huge significance as nurses are at forefront to help hospitals to tackle covid patients.

As a mark of respect to nurses, several activities like seminars, a variety of community events, debates, competitions, discussions are held in educational and medical institutes on this day.

History and Significance

Reports say that first time Dorothy Sutherland an official with the US department of health had proposed the then President to proclaim Nurses Day in 1953. The US department of health had not approved it.

In 1965, the first International Nurses Day was celebrated. In January 1974, May 12 was chosen to celebrate ‘Nurses Day’.

Meanwhile, several political leaders have extended their gratitude towards the nurses community on this occasion.

“On #InternationalNursesDay, I express my gratitude towards all the nurses serving humanity across the world. Nurses are the backbone of our medical sector. Their role in containing the spread of COVID-19 is truly remarkable. India salutes our nurses for their tireless efforts,” the home minister Amit Shah has tweeted.

The former Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi has termed them as unsung heroes.

“Across India our nurses are working tirelessly, around the clock, to help save lives. They are our unsung heroes, our first line of defence against the Covid19 virus. On #InternationalNursesDay I thank & salute each & every one of them for their hard work & dedication,” Gandhi tweeted.

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