International Nurses Day

The International Day of the Nurse and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale is a day to highlight the importance of nurses in the healthcare continuum and thank nurses for what they do. The theme for 2020 is” Nursing the World to Health”.

Historically, as well as today, nurses are at the forefront of fighting epidemics and pandemics - providing high quality and respectful treatment and care. They are often the first and sometimes the only health professional that people see and the quality of their initial assessment, care and treatment is vital. Nurses account for more than half of all the world’s health workers, yet there is an urgent shortage of nurses worldwide with 5.9 million more nurses still needed, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

The Covid-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of the vital role nurses play. Without nurses and other health workers, we will not win the battle against outbreaks, we will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals or universal health coverage. In this year of the Nurse and the Midwife, now more than ever, it is essential that governments support and invest in their nurses. COVID19 reinforces the need for investment in nursing jobs, education, leadership.

  • Total Nursing Personnel Registered = 95,363*
  • Nursing professionals = 60,795
  • Nursing associates (ANM) = 33,724
  • Foreign nurses = 844
  • Share of professional nurses = 63% (Source: WHO)
  • Nurse density per 10,000 population = 31.1 (Source: WHO)

*This is based on the registration at Nepal Nursing Council (as of March 12, 2020). However, this does not reflect the current number of nurses working in Nepal because of migration of Nepalese Nurses to developed countries.


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