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International Nurses Day India: President confers ‘Florence Nightingale awards’ to nurses


Today the international community is celebrating ‘International Nurses Day 2022’. The world wishes ‘Happy Nurses Day’ to ‘True Nation-builders’ and ‘Corona-Worriers’. ‘International Nurses Council’ has given a theme A Voice to Lead ‘Nursing The World To Health’. ‘World Health Organization’ (WHO) designated 2022 as ‘The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ on the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. Let us know in detail…

International Nurses Day 2022

ICN’s theme for International Nurses Day 2022 is “ Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health”. To focus on the true value of nurses to the people of the world. The 12th May International Nurses Day


  • Nursing The World To Health: ICN theme for the year
  • World celebrates Florence Nightingale 202th birth anniversary
  • 12 May is International Nurses Day
  • first nursing school in India was established by Acharya Charak in 250 BCE
  • In 600 BCE, Sushruta taught nursing as one of four pillars of medicine
  • Amit Shah and Dr. Harsh Vardhan applaud nurses to fight COVID-19

Nursing in India from Ancient Times

India has been a land of original wisdom including medicine since ancient times. In Ramayana and Mahabharat times nursing has been often visible on occasions of childbirth and wars. Sushruta is known as the father of Surgery in India who happened in 600 BCE. The great surgeon of ancient India had taught that the cure depends upon four pillars of medicine that are, the physician, the nurse, the patient, and the drugs.

It will be interesting to learn that the first nursing school in India was established by Acharya Charak in 250 BCE. Acharya Charak, the main contributor to the ancient science of Ayurveda, preferred to select only male nurses.

Nursing in Modern India

In the mid-1600s, a military hospital run by East India Company in Kolkata had to call nurses for a London based hospital. Two centuries later in 1865, Florence Nightingale detailed work designed the nursing system for hospitals in India. It was her wisdom that guided the reform of nursing with a new set of parameters, procedures, and model that is followed all over the world even today.

Florence Nightingale architect of modern nursing (History)

Florence Nightingale, considered as the originator of modern nursing, was born on May 12, 1820. Nightingale’s contribution made the field of public health remarkable. She was first in Europe to grasp the principles of the new science of statistics and to apply them to hospitals. After the Crimean war, her nickname became ‘The Lady with the Lamp’. She had served the wounded in the Crimean war. After this war, her fame began to spread to England. She died on August 13, 1910, at the age of 90.

International Nurses Day

It is the same Florence Nightingale whose birth anniversary, the 12th May is aptly commemorated as ‘International Nurses Day’. It is on record that just around the same day in 1867 first nurses’ training school was opened for Indian women in modern India.

There were two colleges of Nursing in Delhi and Vellore running a 4-year bachelor’s degree course. In independent India, in 1960 a master’s degree course was started in the Rajkumari Amrit Kaur College of Nursing in New Delhi. Since then the nursing profession in India has flourished and has certainly come a long way.

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After independence, India has expanded its Nursing services and capacity building considerably. The nursing profession has taken a shape of pride and respect. In India, nurses have become the largest workforce in the healthcare industry. The roles and responsibilities of nurses have become multi-fold over the years.

President confers ‘Florence Nightingale awards’ to nurses

President of India confers the prestigious Florence Nightingale awards to nurses for their outstanding services at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Nurses play an especially important role in the lives of people that are evident in the crucial time of the coronavirus pandemic. The whole world has recognized its crucial role. The Indian prime minister and the citizens of India have shown their gratefulness to the nursing community for their vital role in keeping the country healthy.

  • Indian nurses earned goodwill and admiration for discipline and skills

Nursing fraternity applies their skills — and strictly follows the highest standard of discipline — to enhance their ability to give the finest quality healthcare. Indian nurses have earned goodwill and admiration for their commitment to the profession and efficient delivery of the purpose. Therefore, they are in demand from all over the world particularly in the United Kingdom.

  • Indian Government reforms nursing sector

Indian Government has been very consistent in reforming the nursing sector. The focus area is upgrading and strengthening the existing nursing schools, implementing innovative models in paramedical and nursing education, and increasing the numbers of nursing colleges. Simultaneously the Government makes efforts to change outdated regulations and policies intended to support nursing associations and organizations like the Nursing Council of India.

W.H.O. designated 2020 as ‘The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife’

2022 is Florence Nightingale’s 202th birth anniversary therefore, World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as ‘The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife’.

Read in Hindi: International Nurses Day: क्यों मनाया जाता है अंतरराष्ट्रीय नर्स दिवस और क्या है इसका महत्व?

The year 2022 will witness nurses and the midwives reach a higher level with unprecedented opportunities to elevate health policies. The world nursing fraternity will re-look history’s great nurses and will realign with their genuine values of nursing.

International Council of Nurses new theme for 2022

  • International Council of Nurses (ICN) declares the theme for International Nurses Day 2022 as “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health”. It will be focusing on the true value of nurses to the people of the world.
  • International Council of Nurses (ICN) wants health professionals, politicians, policy officials, health systems and the public to recognize the unique contribution they bring to the well-being of all the people of the world.
  • More than 20 million nurses across the world tell the unique stories of hope and courage, joy and despair, pain and suffering, and life and death may be as some of life’s most precious moments and as some of the most tragic ones.
  • The nurses serve humanity, and by their actions, they protect the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and nations.

Amit Shah and Dr. Harsh Vardhan applaud nurses to fight COVID-19

Home Minister Amit Shah on International Nurses Day expressed gratitude towards all the nurses and said, nurses are the backbone of our medical sector and their role in containing the spread of COVID-19 is truly remarkable. India salutes our nurses for their tireless efforts.

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on International Nurses Day said the nurses are the frontline warriors in the fight against Coronavirus and appealed to join the chorus for thanking our true Corona Warriors who risk their lives day and night for us.

The whole nation salutes nurses and other worriers to show bravery in the fight with deadly coronavirus outbreak.

International Nurses Day 2022 Quotes and Messages

“Having the Year (2022) of the Nurse and Midwife coincide with Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial raises the exciting prospect of nurses finally being recognized for all the good they do.”

ICN President Annette Kennedy

“Thanks for taking such good care of people in the most difficult days of their life. Thanks for your unconditional services and patience”. International Nurses Day 2022

Patient-nurse is like an angel whose tender care, love, and understanding make a difference in his life. Nurses take risk of their life in the battles against coronavirus pandemics like the true warriors! A lot of respect for Nurses!

Do you wish to go to a place where no nursing is needed?

Supreme God Kabir Saheb resides at Satlok, The Eternal Abode where no duality exists. There is no conflict, no war, no injuries and so everyone is happy. The creature of this universe can go there by adopting a process of devotion. If you wish to reside at Satlok, you should go to the Enlightened Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj and by prostrating him, serving him, and asking him with simplicity he will tell you the process of going to The Eternal Abode.

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