International Nurses Day Date in the current year: May 12, 2016

International Nurses Day Every year the nurses around the globe celebrate their professional holiday International Nurses Day on May 12. This holiday is dedicated to all nurses and marks their contributions to the society.

International Nurses Day has been celebrated since 1965 by the International Council of Nurses. The idea of the holiday belongs to Dorothy Sutherland. As an official, she proposed this holiday to be proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, but he didn't approve it. The day of celebration was chosen only in 1974 and it became May 12, since it's the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is widely considered as the founder of modern nursing.

International Nurses Day is celebrated in many countries, for instance, a special service is held in Westminster Abbey in London. A symbolic lamp is taken from the altar and it's handed from one nurse to another. This simple act signifies the passing of knowledge from nurse to nurse. A service is also held at St Margaret's Church at East Wellow in Hampshire. Florence Nightingale was buried at this church, that is why a special service is also held on the Sunday after her birthday.

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