Happy International Nurses Day!

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International Nurses Day

Every year, the entire world celebrates “International Nurse Day” on Friday, May 12th. This particular date marks the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Each year, this day is commemorated by the International Council of Nurses by producing and distributing a specially created “International Nurses’ Day (IND) Kit.”

Every year, the ICN creates a campaign with a specific theme to help equip nurses with necessary information while helping the public understand important medical topics.

In previous years, the IND kit included educational and public information materials made available to nurses everywhere. Last year’s theme was “Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems’ Resilience.”

The 2017 Theme: A Voice to lead

This year, the International Council of Nurses has decided upon the theme, “Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” for its IND Kit. Accompanied by ICN website, the toolkit for this year and the ICN’s campaign aims at raising awareness (to both nurses and the general public) about SDGs and why they matter.

“SDGs” is short for Sustainable Development Goals, which have been created by the United Nations Development Programme. The UNDP created the SDGs to highlight 17 important areas of focus in our modern world:

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life On Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals

The ICN hopes to inspire nurses, the general public, policymakers, organizations, and more to help raise awareness about the SDGs and find creative ways to push the general population of the world closer to achieving the 17 SDGs.

Contact us today to learn more about International Nurses Day, the Sustainable Development Goals, and how you can help the world take another step towards achieving them. Everyone from individuals to large organizations can play a part in helping the International Council of Nurses recognize their new vision.