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Happy International Nurses Day

Recognising Our Valuable Nurses and Support Teams on International Nurses Day

Thank you to all St. John’s Village Nurses, Volunteers and Staff. You do such an amazing job, providing unconditional care for all our residents and their families. The Board of Directors and Management appreciates your dedication to providing safe, quality care for those who rely on us to care for their loved ones.

The wonderful efforts of Nurses all over the world are celebrated every year on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth in 1820.
Organised annually by the International Council of Nurses, International Nurses Day celebrates the contribution that Nurses make to societies around the world.

The date has strong significance, being the birthday of perhaps the world’s most famous Nurse, Florence Nightingale. Since 1965 the International Council of Nurses has celebrated Nurses on this day. In January 1974, this day was finally officially made International Nurses Day.

During the annual service in London’s Westminster Abbey, Nurses pass a symbolic lamp between themselves and onto the High Altar. This signifies the passing of knowledge from one Nurse to another. Florence Nightingale was nicknamed the “Lady with the Lamp” by her patients during the Crimean war in the 1850s, and she is often depicted carrying a lamp.

While we would recognise all of our Nurses on this special day, the Board and Management also wish to acknowledge and thank our professional team of Support Staff.

To all our Nurses; enjoy your special day!

Desirée Harker
Managing Director and St. John’s Village Board Chair

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