Bengaluru, May 2022 – On the occasion of International Nurse Day, Sakra World Hospital, one of the leading healthcare providers in Bengaluru, organized a walkathon to commemorate the unsung contributions and unwavering determination of nurses, who served the society during the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
This walkathon organised by Sakra World Hospital focused on the theme of Nurses: A voice to lead, to spread a clear message that Nurses are the backbone of the society and it is time to invest in nursing and respect the rights of nurses worldwide to secure global health.
An official at Sakra World Hospital said that International Nurses Day is observed on May 12 annually to highlight the vital, life-saving contribution of nurses across the world. Nurses provide essential healthcare, from assisting doctors to treating patients who are recovering or dying in hospitals or at home. Nurses are also educators and teach those aiming to join the nursing profession. International Nurses Day coincides with Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
British Nurse and statistician, Florence Nightingale who was born on May 12, 1820, is celebrated as the founder of modern nursing. This year is her 202nd birth anniversary. Florence provided vital support to British and allied soldiers during the Crimean War in Turkey. Nightingale emphasised the need for cleanliness and proper sanitary conditions to create a safer environment for patients and to aid in their faster recovery.
The date of celebration of International Nurses Day was chosen to celebrate Florence Nightingale’s birth anniversary and her pioneering work in nursing and social reforms. During the Crimean War (1854-1856), she volunteered to be appointed as a nurse to serve wounded soldiers. She joined as a ‘Superintendent of the Female Nurses in the Hospitals in the East,’ as per the British National Army Museum website.