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International Nursing Day

By Nepali Patro (Sudan Bhattarai Upadhyaya) in International Days .
May 11, 2020

International Nursing Day is celebrated on May 12 every year. In January 1974, the World Health Organization decided that Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12, should be celebrated around the world as International Nursing Day. Florence Nightingale is considered the preacher of the modern nursing movement. Florence Nightingale, the epitome of kindness and service, is also known as “The Lady with the Lamp.”

Nursing is a dignified and service-oriented profession. Establishing nursing and midwifery leadership at the level of governance and service in the countries of the world is a major challenge for today. Because of this, Nepal Nursing Council (NNC) has been established in Nepal. It is a statutory body to establish uniform and high standards of nursing education in Nepal. The council recognizes nursing qualifications, accredits nursing schools, and keeps track of registered nurses in Nepal. NNC was established on June 16, 1997, under the Nepal Nursing Council Act, 1996.

Nurses and midwives play an important role in providing health services. These are people who dedicate their lives to caring for mothers and children; give life-saving vaccines and health counseling; They continue to serve the elderly and the sick, caring for them and meeting their daily health needs.

Nurses are often the first and only point of care in their community. The world needs more than 9 million nurses and midwives to make global health care accessible to all by 2020, and the World Health Organization has been celebrating 2020 as the “Year of the Nurses and Midwives.”

Since the establishment of the Nepal Nursing Council (NNC), in 1996, International Nursing Day is being celebrated in Nepal on May 12 every year with various health-related programs with the objective of ensuring the rights and interests of nurses and midwives in various health centers and health-related bodies all over the country. There is an urgent need to ensure that the rights and interests of nurses and midwives are ensured as soon as possible and precautions have to be taken from time to time for their implementations.

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