IMPORTANT DAYS, BOOKS & AUTHORS
Every year May 12th is observed as International Nurses' Day across the world by the International Council of Nurses to honor the services of nurses. The date (May 12) marks the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale in 1820 - the English social reformer, statistician, and founder of modern nursing.
The theme for this year's Nurses' Day is "Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health".
The day is celebrated by organizing several activities, yoga sessions, and seminars.
Nightingale and her team took care of British soldiers, who were dealing with horrible sanitation facilities apart from battling during the Crimean War. The war is fought between the British and Russian forces.
Nightingale served in a situation where the injured soldiers had dirty bandages covering rotting wounds, the bases were covered with rats, and only one bathtub per 150 personnel, a dead horse had been left to rot in their water supply. Without waiting for help to arrive from Britain by risking her life, she went out to Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) and brought soap, towels, clean linen, and fresh food for soldiers. The soldiers hailed Nightingale as an "angel" for her life-saving services.