Florence Nightingale’s Birthday
[By Staff Reporters]
National Nurses Week
[May 6-12, 2016]
International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12th, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
The Florence Nightingale International Foundation
According to their website, the FNIF is the International Council of Nurses (ICN) premier foundation. It supports and complements the work and objectives of the ICN. Its history dates back to 1912 when a memorial to Florence Nightingale was first proposed by Mrs. Ethel Bedford Fenwick at an ICN Congress in Cologne. The vision was of an educational foundation for nurses. As the First World War intervened, it was not until 1929 that the memorial was finally activated by the ICN Grand Council in Montreal. Mrs. Bedford Fenwick, the first president of ICN was elected the first chair of the Florence Nightingale Memorial Committee.
From 1931, national Florence Nightingale committees were established in countries where ICN had member associations. In 1932 discussions were held between ICN and the League of Red Cross Societies to use their Red Cross international post-graduate courses as an international memorial to Florence Nightingale.
The ICN Grand Council agreed to take over the international courses, and in 1934, established the Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF) as a living memorial to Florence Nightingale. FNIF became an autonomous organization under British law with its own governing body and a mandate to develop and promote nursing education world wide.
FNIF is a registered Charity in the United Kingdom and maintains its original purpose; to support the advancement of nursing education, research and services for the public good. Though UK registered, the day-to-day administration is carried out in Geneva through the International Council of Nurses, a federation of 133 national nurses’ associations working to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.
FNIF is a new foundation for a new day! They have a new board, a new program and a new look. The focus is global – as the needs of nurses everywhere are similar but the resources to meet those needs differ around the world.
As you know, Florence Nightingale is considered to be the founder of modern nursing. She was devoted to health, education and research, and worked tirelessly to raise health care standards.
At the M-P, we are honored to promote her legacy. You can find information about Florence Nightingale on the Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF) web site and the Girl Child Education Fund. On this page you will also find items for purchase and links that will help you plan and celebrate the nursing profession making your special event a success.
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