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May 12: International Nurses Day

Updated on May 10, 2020
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This post is inspired by the selfless work of Nurses around the world. I will never forget the sacrifices done by them during COVID-19.


International nurses day is celebrated every year all over the world every 12th of May. Every year the theme changes and awareness is brought about this day in different ways. This year it will be special as we have seen the tremendous tireless work of nurses for COVID-2019 patients.

We have seen their obligations and love about their job. They have put aside their families for their "Job" when all others are staying home with their family. They risked their lives to treat the patients found positive for deadly coronaviruses. Space here is not enough to write all the sacrifices they have made for us. Let's salute them and celebrate this day for them.

International Nurses Day


Florence Nightingale's birthday is remembered as International nurses day.. This year it will be the 200th anniversary of her birthday. Florence Nightingale is known as the founder of modern nursing. She was born on May 12, 1820, in Italy. She was remembered for her work and care for soldiers during the Crimean war held in Turkey.

The theme of the year

Every year a theme is decided by the International Council of Nurse. This year the theme is,
A voice to lead- Nursing the World to health

In the last year 2019, the theme was "Health for all".

The day is celebrated by lightening a candle and passing it from one nurse to another. In the end, it gets in the hands of Dean who places it on the high altar. In India, the National Florence Nightingale Awards is presented to 35 nursing professionals by our President.

How to be a Nurse in India?

There are scope and employment opportunities for nurses in India. Nurses are always in demand from top cities to rural areas.

The general education requirement for any registered nurse course is 10+2 in science. Ther are many diploma/degree courses available in India. One can also do his/her masters in this field.

Diploma in nursing
Many colleges provide a diploma course which generally will be for two years. Prerequisites for this are only 10+2 in the science field.

B.Sc in Nursing
In this course, all theoretical and practical knowledge will be given. The course duration will be 4 years. One can do B.Sc after 10+2 or Diploma. After successful completion, you can enter and complete M.Sc in nursing.

General Nursing Midwifery (GNM)
It is a three-year course dealing with the education of nurses in general health care and midwifery. Here too the student should be passed up to 12th science.

Auxiliary Nurse and Midwifery (ANM)
It is women only vocational course. The course completion requires 2 years.

Apart from the educational qualification, a good nurse should have some of the below features,

  • Compassion
  • Ability to lead a team as well as work in a team
  • Emotional strength, etc.
  • Strong ethics
  • Professional knowledge and alertness
  • Confidence

Job profile and salary

As said above demand for nurses is increasing. It is a career that is growing very fast. Many Opportunities are there be it a private or government hospital or clinic. Nurses can work in medical laboratories as well as health centers.

One can get salary anything from Rs.8000 to Rs.10000 per month at the start and can increase up to approx. Rs.40000 per month with practical knowledge and experience.


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