International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.

This year the theme for International Nurses Day (IND) is Our Nurses. Our Future. It will be a global celebration and part of a yearlong campaign which sets out what we want for nursing in the future in order to address the global health challenges and improve global health for all. 

With the release of the first State of the World’s Nursing report in 2020, the Global Strategic Directions for Nursing & Midwifery in 2021, the Sustain and Retain in 2022 and Beyond in 2022 and our new Recover to Rebuild: Investing in the nursing workforce for health system effectiveness, International Council of Nurses (ICN) and other organisations have shown the evidence for change and called for action.

"Nurses provide care and leadership to address global health challenges everywhere, often at great personal risk. They are the essential life force for health, yet our healthcare systems worldwide have fallen short and failed to value, protect, respect and invest in this precious resource. The world has mistakenly taken nurses for granted, treating them as an invisible and inexhaustible resource. That must now stop for the sake of nurses and global health" 

ICN President Dr Pamela Cipriano

How to get involved

Congratulations ACORN's photo competition winner

Thank you for all the entries from teams across Australia celebrating being nurse proud and IND 2023.


Congratulations to the Logan Theatre Team!

"My team make me so proud, I can't be there, and they have decorated the hallway. We have lots of new staff, so I suggested that we put our photos up with our name on them to see who our Nurses are." - Angela

The Logan Theatre team created a video as Angela (their IND leader) was unable to be there for IND 2023 setup and celebrations. Check out their video on ACORN Facebook or Instagram - don't forget to follow us if you don't already too.

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Thank you competition sponsor BD

BD will provide an in-house education workshop on preventing surgical complications. The workshop will focus on skin antisepsis in relation to The New ACORN Standards. This workshop will be accompanied by a catered breakfast or lunch for attendees, along with a certificate of attendance for CPD.


IND 2023 posters

Display the series of International Nurses Day posters in your area to celebrate the work of nurses and the theme Our Nurses. Our Future. 



Download IND 2023 Value Poster







Download IND 2023 Respect Poster






Download IND 2023 Protect Poster 







Download IND 2023 Invest Poster




IND 2023 logo

Add the IND 2023 logo to your communication collateral. 

Download IND 2023 logo

Other ways to celebrate

Spread the IND 2023 message in your area, and like and share posts on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms.

Most importantly celebrate each other's contribution to nursing on Friday 12 May during tea break and enter ACORN's photo competition.


More IND 2023 information 


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