Organizations around the globe are marking the International Year of the Nurse in 2010, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The Washington National Cathedral—whose cornerstone was laid in 1907, three years before Nightingale’s death—will be the site of one of the first events in this country on April 25.
The event is sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau International, the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health and the Florence Nightingale Museum in London. The organizations are collaborating with groups around the world to celebrate the role of nurses, to engage nurses in promoting world health, and to rally support for the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, which include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, reducing child mortality, combating HIV/AIDS, and more.
The April 25, 2010, Commemorative Global Service at the Washington National Cathedral is open to all. No admission will be charged, and no tickets are required. The event begins at 4 p.m.