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88. 193rd International Nurses' Day (IND)

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. 

The IND theme for 2013 is: Closing The Gap: Millennium Development Goals 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1.


ICN themes for International Nurses Day:
  • 1988 - Safe Motherhood
  • 1989 - School Health
  • 1990 - Nurses and Environment
  • 1991 - Mental Health - Nurses in Action
  • 1992 - Healthy Aging
  • 1993 - Quality, costs and Nursing
  • 1994 - Healthy Families for Healthy Nation
  • 1995 - Women's Health: Nurses Pave the Way
  • 1996 - Better Health through Nursing Research
  • 1997 - Healthy Young People = A Brighter Future
  • 1998 - Partnership for Community Health
  • 1999 - Celebrating Nursing's Past, claiming the future
  • 2000 - Nurses - Always there for you
  • 2001 - Nurses, Always There for You: United Against Violence
  • 2002 - Nurses Always There for You: Caring for Families
  • 2003 - Nurses: Fighting AIDS stigma, working for all
  • 2004 - Nurses: Working with the Poor; Against Poverty
  • 2005 - Nurses for Patients' Safety: Targeting counterfeit medicines and substandard medication
  • 2006 - Safe staffing saves lives
  • 2007 - Positive practice environments: Quality workplaces = quality patient care
  • 2008 - Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Primary Health Care
  • 2009 - Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Care Innovations
  • 2010 - Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care
  • 2011 - Closing The Gap: Increasing Access and Equity
  • 2012 - Closing The Gap: From Evidence to Action
  • 2013 - Closing The Gap: Millennium Development Goals

The International Council of Nurses has been celebrating this day each year since 1965. The date was changed in 1974 to May 12 in honor of the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. An English nurse and hospital reformer from the 19th century, Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing.

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