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International Nurses' Day



Today it is International Nurses' Day. This is celebrated around the world each year on 12th May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. Nurses' Day provides an opportunity to mark the contribution of nursing staff and reflect on the vital work they do everyday.


With 2020 being International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, this year was gearing up to be the biggest celebration yet. 

But 2020 will now be a very different occasion, as nursing staff across the world stand united in responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, the Royal College of Nursing are asking the public and patients to use Nurses' Day to say thank you to nursing staff all over the country and indeed, the world. They want their nurses to see how their professionalism is truly appreciated. 

This year, it's more important than ever that the world shines a light on the remarkable work all health and care staff are doing for the entire nation. 


Please find below some OPTIONAL tasks that you may want to do.


1. Learn all about Florence Nightingale by reading through the attached PowerPoint presentation.


2. Complete one of the reading comprehensions about Florence Nightingale. Within the PDF below there are Hot and Spicy (*), Mega Hot (**) and Are You Nuts?! (***) pieces of text with accompanying questions.


3. Complete the Florence Nightingale word search.


4. Colour in one of the colouring sheets and put it up in your window to show your appreciation for nurses.