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International Nurses Day
Tuesday 17 May 2016

A vintage style tea party was thrown to celebrate International Nurses Day. Everyone enjoyed scones, clotted cream and jam with tea and coffee.

International Nurses Day takes place every year on 12th May. This is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

It’s a chance to celebrate the remarkable difference nursing staff make every day.

It is celebrated all around the world. Some celebrations include:

United Kingdom

Each year a service is held in Westminster Abbey in London. During the Service, a symbolic lamp is taken from the Nurses Chapel in the Abbey and handed from one nurse to another, finally ending with the Dean, who then places it on the High Altar. This signifies the passing of knowledge from one nurse to another.

At St Margaret's Church at East Wellow in Hampshire, where Florence Nightingale is buried, a service is also held on the Sunday after her birthday.


The Australian Nurse of the Year is announced at a ceremony at one of the state's capital cities. Additionally, in each of the Australian states and territories, various nursing ceremonies are conducted during the week.


In 2007, 5000 nurses gathered in Yichun, East China's Jiangxi Province.

Each year nurses in Chinese hospitals recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge.

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