With reference to a previous post, ABOUT INTERNATIONAL NURSES WEEK

I wish to say again that there isn't an International Nurses Week but an International Nurses Day!

  • The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day since 1965.
  • As of 1998, 8 May was designated as annual National Student Nurses' Day in the US.
  • 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. 
  • The U.S. celebrates National Nursing Week each year from 6 May to 12 May (the birthday of Florence Nightingale). 
  • Canada celebrates National Nursing Week each year during the week that includes 12 May, which is Florence Nightingale's birthday. The Canadian Minister of Health instituted National Nursing Week in Canada in 1985.
  • Several nursing institutions in Nigeria celebrate their nurses week based on their school calendar. 
  • In the U.S., National Nurses Week was first observed from 11–16 October 1954 in honor of the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea. President Nixon later proclaimed a "National Nurse Week" in 1974. In 1982, President Reagan signed a proposal officially designating 6 May as "National Recognition Day for Nurses," now known as National Nurses Day or National RN Recognition Day. In 1990, the American Nurses Association (ANA) expanded the holiday into the current National Nurses Week celebrated from 6 May to 12 May.
  • This year in the US, the American Nurses Association has chosen the theme: 4 Million Reasons To Celebrate
4 Million Reasons To Celebrate
  • This year, ICN has chosen the theme, Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Health For All for the International Nurses Day.                               
Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Health For All

The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) organises a nurses' week but there hasn't been a National recognized week.

To register for the 2019 nurses week in Nigeria CLICK HERE

To find out more and register for National Nurses Week in the U.S. CLICK HERE

To find out more about the International Nurses Day CLICK HERE

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