12 May is International Nurses Day

Nurses day is celebrated internationally on 12 May, the anniversary of the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. Florence Nightingale lay the foundation for professional nursing with the establishment of her Nursing School at St Thomas’ hospital in London. All trained nurses today also take the ‘Nightingale Pledge’ so named in her honour. Her social reforms included improving healthcare for all sections of British society, improving healthcare and advocating for hunger relief in India, helping abolish overly harsh laws regulating women in prostitution and expanding the acceptable forms  onurses-dayf female participation in the workforce.

The theme for 2014 is Nurses: A Force for Change – A vital resource for health as on the Government’s Events page.

Nursing is the largest health care profession in the world and there is no doubt that nurses are key to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as set out by the U.N. Many people, especially in rural areas, have only had access to nurses for their health care. So nurses are particularly well placed and often the most innovative in reaching less advantaged areas.

Nurses are trained to understand the complex nature of maintaining health and wellness and are mostly better equipped to understand the impact of social and social-economic factors influencing the maintenance of health and wellness. They are an important role-player between patients and doctors and it is for these reasons that Nurses are celebrated annually on 12 May.

From Junk Mail, a warm thank you for Nurses the world over for their hard work and dedication in the betterment of people’s lives and health.

Saskia Meintjes

Hyperactive, extremely realistic and addicted to reading can best describe me. Life is all about the good memories and sitting around will not create them.

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