International Nurses Day 2020

12 May 2020

Each year on 12 May we celebrate International Nurses Day and say thank you to all the amazing nurses across Sydney Children's Hospitals Network. 

The date was chosen because it is birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. This year marks the 200th anniversary of her birth and to celebrate her pioneering contribution to medicine, the the World Health Organisation has declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Floernce Nightingale's key nursing values – maintaining good hygiene, regularly washing hands, and using evidence-based practices – are still relevant today and her legacy has never been more important.

The 'Lady with the Lamp’ has a direct link with Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick and with The Children's Hospital at Westmead and would no doubt be very proud of the dedicated nurses caring for sick kids today who have followed in her footsteps and are leading the fight against the current pandemic.

Read more about Florence's Sydney connections at Letters from Florence.

Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation raises funds for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick , The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS NSW) and Kids Research