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Happy International Nurses Day!

Today, Debate Mate Online celebrates the huge contribution nurses make to healthcare around the world! Did you know that nurses can get 20% off Debate Mate Online courses for their children as a part of our key worker discount?

Today, on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, the world observes an 'International Nurses Day' in recognition of the huge role nurses play in our society worldwide. Here's the facts:

1) The International Council of Nurses has celebrated this day since 1965. Each year, they prepare and distribute the International Nurses' Day Kit, which includes educational and public information materials for use by nurses everywhere!

2) Every year, International Nurses Day is assigned a different theme by the International Council of Nurses. Its first ever theme, in 1988, was 'safe motherhood.' Today's theme for 2022 is 'Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health.'

3) The day is recognised internationally. In Australia, the Australian Nurse of the Year is announced during a big ceremony and various other nursing awards are given out across the states. 

4) In the United Kingdom, every year a service is held in Westminster Abbey to recognise this day. During the service, a symbolic lamp is taken from the Nurses' Chapel in the Abbey and handed from one nurse to another.

5) In the USA and Canada, they celebrate National Nursing Week every year, from 6th-12th May. Nurse Jobs Ireland also recognises this week, launching a week-long pro-bono campaign to celebrate it every year.

6) Singapore and Thailand all recognise this celebration on other days of the year that hold more meaning for their own cultures. For example, Thailand's International Nurses Day is held on 21st October to commemorate the birth of Princess Srinagarindra, an active initiator of social development in Thailand.

On this special day, we encourage you to take the time to thank all the nurses in your life for the huge contribution they make to our society.