Monday, May 12, 2008

It's International Nurses Day

Wishing nurses everywhere a Happy International Nurses Day. May 12 is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale who is often referred to as the founder of nursing for her contributions to the nursing profession.

One of the things Ms. Nightingale is credited with is bringing infection control measures to the battlegrounds of Turkey during the Crimean war. Many lives were saved as a result of her efforts to teach about improving sanitary conditions and clean techniques.

Many oppose using Ms. Nightingale as a representative of the nursing profession for being out of touch with today's nurses. Yet oddly enough, today we still battle those issues of infection control.

All nurses are relevant and deserve thanks and recognition. Happy International Nurses Day!!

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