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YON 2020 Day 133: Happy International Nurses' Day

Updated: May 15

May 12, 2020 is Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday, and International Nurses' Day. Nightingale—widely known as the founder of nursing practice— began the profession of nursing while caring for wounded and dying soldiers during the Crimean War. Like Nightingale, who was an epidemiologist and statistician, modern nurses are continuing her legacy of questioning, learning and expanding the science of nursing during a time of crisis.


Thank you to all of the nurses, researchers and health care professionals working tirelessly to develop effective treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19. As we live through this pandemic, we continue the work Nightingale and her peers began more than 100 years ago.

Narration by Carol M. Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, Dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.


Script by Joan M. Kavanagh, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Nursing Education and Professional Development, Cleveland Clinic Health System.


Photos of Florence Nightingale used under creative commons, non-commercial use license from the following sources:

"File:Florence Nightingale .png" by Jess.sweeney is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 

"This image is taken from Florence Nightingale : the wounded soldier's friend" by Medical Heritage Library, Inc. is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 

All other photos provided by the participants of Northeast Ohio Year of the Nurses 2020 group: Akron Children's Hospital, Baldwin Wallace University, Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College, Chamberlain School of Nursing, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland State University School of Nursing, Cuyahoga Community College, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Greater Cleveland Nurses Association, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Lake Health, Lakeland Community College, Lorain Community College, Mercy Health Youngstown, MetroHealth, Notre Dame College, Ohio League for Nursing, Philippine Nurse Association of Ohio, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Summa Akron, University Hospitals, University of Mount Union, VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, Youngstown State University.

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