International Nurse's Day
International Nurses Day is celebrated worldwide on May 12 to commemorate the birth of Florence Nightingale and mark the contributions nurses make toward people’s health.
International Nurses Day was established in 1974 by the International Council of Nurses (ICN), which also serves to highlight the important role nurses fulfill in health care.
Florence Nightingale became an important figure in nursing in the 1850s during the Crimean War. At that time she was stationed at the Barrack Hospital at Scutari (Üsküdar; now a district of Istanbul), where she headed a group of nurses that cared for injured British soldiers.
When Nightingale first arrived at the hospital, she was struck by the desperate condition of the facilities, and as a result she imposed strict standards of care and ensured that the wards were kept clean and well stocked with food and medical supplies. Nightingale’s experiences at Scutari led her to campaign for reform in health care and nursing, and in 1860 she opened the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. The school’s success prompted the establishment of similar training schools for nurses elsewhere.
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