International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. ACORN commemorates this important day each year. This year the theme is Celebrating Diversity in the Operating Room. This theme aims to highlight the many different cultures and beliefs in our profession as we work harmoniously to promote professionalism and support safety and wellbeing for the patients in our care.

We invite you to participate.

  1. Display a poster

There are two versions in two sizes. Version 1 has no date included so can be displayed after 12 May as an ongoing celebration of diversity. Version 2 includes 12 May, the date of International Nurses Day.

Download the poster – at these links:

Version 1 (no date): A4 poster and A3 poster

Version 2 (dated): A4 poster and A3 poster 

  1. Enter our photo competition – entries can be uploaded to our Facebook or Instagram page with the hashtag #diversityintheOR

  2. Spread the joy – like and share posts on Facebook and Instagram

  3. Celebrate one another's contribution to nursing during tea break.


Three contributors will be randomly chosen to win vouchers and movie tickets.