International Nurses' Day being observed globally
- International Nurses' Day being observed as it celebrates
every year on this day throughout the
- On International Nurses' Day, President Ram Nath Kovind lauded
the dedication and contribution of nurses to the nation and stressed on the
need for strengthening the nursing sector.
- He also conferred the prestigious Florence Nightingale
awards to 35 nurses for their outstanding services at a function at the
- Nurses play a very important role in the lives of people and
their dedication and services is recognised by all.
- The entire nation is grateful to the nursing community for
their vital role in keeping the country healthy.
- At present, there are 1.7 nurses per 1,000 people in India,
and the world average is 2.5 nurses.
- In the past few years, the number of registered nurses and
other health workers has crossed 27 lakh (till March 2017).
- Indian nurses' services and dedication are recognised all
over the world, especially in the Gulf region where they are employed in a
- The nurses who have been awarded today represent the
country's diversity in unity, the president said.
- The Florence Nightingale awards are given to outstanding
nursing personnel employed with the Centre, states or Union Territories.
- The Florence Nightingale Awardees of 2018 will inspire the
nursing fraternity to rededicate themselves to quality healthcare.
- International Nurses Day is an international day celebrated around the world on 12 May of each year, to mark the contributions nurses make to society.
- The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day since 1965.
- In January 1974, 12 May was chosen to celebrate the day as it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.