The amazing reason we celebrate International Nurses Week

This week is Nursing Week in Canada and across the globe. Originally in 1971, the International Council of Nurses first chose May 12th as the International Nurses Day in honour of Florence Nightingale, born on this day in Florence Italy in 1820. Made famous because of her role in the Crimean War where she managed nurses tending to the wounded, she would go on after the war to pioneer modern nursing.

Not only did Florence Nightingale advance nursing techniques, bringing advances to professional nursing, but also social reform in Britain as well as India in the 1800’s. She was a proliferate writer, publishing books on medical knowledge, written in a way that everyone could understand and benefit from her works.

In 1985, in recognition of the dedication and achievements of the nursing profession, the Canadian minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nursing Week in Canada. During this week, we celebrate the work and dedication of nurses everywhere who carry on the work of “The Lady with the Lamp”.

We whole heartedly thank all our staff and support team, this week and every week, for the amazing services they provide every day in caring for our clients when they need us the most.

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