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International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. Surrey and Borders Partnership, are commemorating this important day with our fourth virtual, International Nurse Conference. 
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Florence Nightingale is best known for leading a group of 38 nurses to care for British soldiers wounded in the Crimean War in 1854. When Nightingale and her nurses arrived at the military hospital in Scutari, Turkey they were shocked at the terrible conditions with a lack of medicines, low hygiene standards, and mass infections common.  They immediately started to clean every room and Nightingale told her nurses to wash their hands often. Nightingale's focus on cleaning and washing hands helped improved conditions and, thanks to her, we now know it is one of the best ways to stop the spread of disease.

To see her patients during the darkest nights, Nightingale carried a lamp as she walked among their beds. After that, she became known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp'. (British Red Cross)

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has

celebrated International Nurses Day since 1965.

In 1974, May 12 was chosen to celebrate the International Nurses Day, to mark our founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, and celebrate the importance of nursing in healthcare.

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