International Nurses Day 2021: History and Importance of Florence Nightingale

“Your passion for our patients’ health is appreciated every day. Thank you for all you do
.” – To all the Nurses in the world.

Today marks the appreciation day for Nurses, the medical staff who are the backbone of any hospital or clinic, work 24*7 and care for their patients like a mother. This Nurses Day, we are honouring those nurses who laid down their lives and families to look after the COVID 19 patients. The day is dedicated to all those selfless nurses who work in the hospitals attending to their patients day and night.


The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the world’s most famous nurse. She was an English nurse born in 1820.

Florence Nightingale, known as the “Pioneer of Modern Nursing,” began her career as a nurse in charge of injured British and allied soldiers during the Crimean War. The Lady with the Lamp was her nickname. Florence Nightingale spent the majority of her time, mostly late at night, caring for and soothing the wounded. 

In 1860, the Nightingale School of Nursing, London’s first nursing school was inaugurated. Florence Nightingale was the key behind the establishment of a training school for midwives. She was the first woman to receive the Order of Merit in 1907.

The birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was selected as the day to commemorate in January 1974.


In 1867, Florence Nightingale’s efforts helped to establish nursing training in India at St. Stevens Hospital in Delhi. 

Because of the scarcity of trained doctors in India, Nursing is a highly regarded occupation and a vital force multiplier.

PM Narendra Modi to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan to Sachin Tendulkar and more expressed their gratitude towards the nurses fighting COVID-19.

International Nursing Day 2021 Theme

The theme of World Nursing Day this year is ‘A Vision for future healthcare’. 

“I attribute my success to this; I never gave nor took any excuse.” — Florence Nightingale.

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