International Nurses Day is celebrated every year on May 12 globally.

The day is celebrated to honor the contributions of the nurses everywhere.

This day  acknowledges the fact that like doctors, nurses have also become heroes for saving and healing patients amid the widespread COVID-19 pandemic.

Nurses Day was chosen by the International Council of Nurses and the day has been observed officially since 1974.

Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820. Every year, her birth anniversary is celebrated as International Nurses Day.

Florence Nightingale, known as the ‘Lady with the Lamp’ was a social reformer who took care of the wounded soldiers of the British Army during the Crimean War.

Florence Nightingale, a British nurse and social reformer, is regarded as the founder of modern nursing.

She passed away on August 13, 1910, at the age of 90. 

She was awarded with the order of merit in 1907 and became the first woman to receive this honour. 

She opened the first scientifically based nursing school, the Nightingale School of Nursing, in London. It was opened in 1860.