International Nurses Day is observed on 12 May


  • International Nurses Day (IND) is observed around the world on 12 May of each year. 
  • The international day marks the contributions that nurses make to society. 
  • The day assumes more significance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Over the past several months, nurses and other medical professionals have put their lives on the line to save lives and defeat this menace.
Theme of the year- 2020
  • The theme for 2020 International Nurses Day is "Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health." 
  • The theme aims to demonstrate how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges. 
  • The theme aims to inspire nurses and make the public aware of their contribution to healthcare and health management.
  • International Nurses Day was initiated by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in 1974.
  • The day marks the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who was born in 1820. She is revered as the founder of modern nursing. 
  • The International Nurses Day 2020 marks her 200th birth anniversary. 
  • The day highlights the important role nurses fulfill in health care.
International Council of Nurses (ICN): A fact file
  • It was founded in the year 1899
  • Members: 135 nurses associations
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland