What IND Is All About
International Nurses Day is celebrated worldwide every May 12, on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It is celebrated to recognize the life-changing contributions nurses make to society. Though mainly commemorated around May 12 each year, IND activities are carried on throughout much of the year by nurses and others. The IND theme for 2014 is: Nurses: A Force For Change – A Vital Resource For Health. Every year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) commemorates this significant day with the production and distribution of the (IND) Kit. This year’s IND Kit contains vital educational and public information materials for use by nurses everywhere. Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. Nurses may be differentiated from other health care providers by their approach to patient care, training, and scope of practice. Nurses practice in a wide diversity of practice areas with a different scope of practice and level of prescriber authority in each. Many nurses provide care within the ordering scope of physicians, and this traditional role has come to shape the historic public image of nurses as care providers.