International Nurses' Day being observed globally


  • International Nurses' Day being observed as it celebrates every year on this day throughout  the globe.
  • 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 Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • 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 large number.
  • 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.