May 12 is International Nurses Day, a day which marks the contributions that nurses make all around the world. The day is in fact the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who built on the work of Christian nuns to found the nursing profession as we know it today.
Florence Nightingale’s work was among the wounded of the Crimean War, so our montage for this year has a military flavour, but it also hints at the vast range of healthcare activities that other nurses carry out. Happy Nurses Day to all nurses!
In the photograph, from top left:
- Detail of Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari, painting by Jerry Barrett
- US Navy Nurse Corps publicity photo (credit)
- A Project Hope nurse attached to hospital ship USNS Comfort trains nurses in Trinidad (credit)
- A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse at Naval Medical Center San Diego checks a newborn (credit)