People at Work: Nurses

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People at Work: Nurses People at Work: Nurses

Nurses are professionals who care for the general well-being of patients.

The ongoing pandemic has made us realize that nursing is one of the biggest health care profession in the world.

The practice of Modern Nursing was founded by Florence Nightingale. She was a social reformer and statistician.She is better known as "The Lady with the Lamp". She born on 12th May 1820 and his birth day is remembered as International Nurses Day.

Though Dorothy Sutherland, an official in the US Department of Health, had proposed Nurses Day in 1953, the first Nurses Day was celebrated only in 1965. And in 1974, May 12th was chosen as International Nurses Day.
This year (2020) is especially important as nursing professionals continue to lead from the front against the war on Covid-19 pandemic.

The above stamp was issued by Indonesia in the year 1994 to commemorate the Sixth Five year plan for Indonesia's Development strategy. The stamp depicts a nurse weighing a baby using a hand-held machine.


The above stamp was issued by India in 2009 and shows the "Lifeline Express" (Jeevan Rekha). It shows the mobile hospital train that started operating in 1991. Since the Indian Railway network is the largest in the world, this allows Jeevan Rekha to reach the most remote areas of India and provide medical care.


Trained Nurses Association of India was founded in 1905. A stamp commemorating it was issued by India in 2011.


A stamp issued by Spain of unknown vintage shows a nurse tending to a baby. This stamp was for commemorating the National Anti-tuberculosis Campaign. The red emblem is the 'Cross of Lorraine'.


A stamp issued by Laos in 1982 for child healthcare, shows a nurse using a stethoscope to check on a child. The occasion was the 7th republic day of Laos.