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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho
B.tech Marketing Management
Graduate, Nigeria.

The International Council of Nurses has set the theme for International Nurses Day 2020 as “nursing the world to health”, with a focus on the “true value of nurses to the people of the world”.

Each year, the ICN leads the global celebrations on International Nurses Day, which is traditionally held on 12 May, the anniversary of the birth of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.

It noted that next year’s celebrations will be “extra special” because 2020 has been designated the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

To mark the occasion, the ICN is planning and co-ordinating a wide range of activities to demonstrate how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges.

It will encourage nurses and the public to celebrate the big day, but also provide information and resources that will help to raise the profile of the profession throughout the year.



ICN president Annette Kennedy said she is expecting 2020 to be a “momentous” year for the nursing profession.

“Having the Year of the Nurse and Midwife coincide with Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial raises the exciting prospect of nurses finally being recognised for all the good they do,” she said.

She added: “All around the world, nurses are working tirelessly to provide the care and attention people need, whenever and wherever they need it.

“We want next year’s International Nurses Day to highlight that nurses are central to the delivery of health care, that nurses are making invaluable contribution to the health of people globally.

“Nurses, because of their unique role of working with people from birth to death, need to be involved in health policy,” she noted.

Other key events next year include the publication of the first WHO State of the World’s Nursing report, which will provide a detailed snapshot of the nursing workforce globally.

In addition, the Nursing Now campaign’s Nightingale Challenge will seek to produce a new cohort of young nurse leaders who will take the profession forward over the next decade.

National nursing associations will also be organising local events throughout the year to celebrate the profession and demonstrate its unique position in the healthcare landscape.
Source: Nursing Times

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