Nearly half the year has gone and I just discovered that this year, 2010, is International Year of the Nurse (IYNurse). It is the centenary year of the death of the founder of modern nursing - Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). In a 2009 poll "nurses have been voted the most trusted profession in America according to Gallup's annual survey of professions for their honesty and ethical standards".
On its website The Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) states "RCNA is dedicated to profiling the achievements of Australian nurses throughout the year". Unfortunately I can't find any IYNurse stories on their site. There have been some celebrations in the United States, a new Florence Nightingale Museum has been opened in London and the International website invites people to submit Nurse Stories and Nurse Tributes.
I need to scour my family tree to see if I can find some nurses to write about. There must be some wonderful nurse stories lurking in family histories all around the world.
Genealogists, let's not let 2010 slip away without recognising this noble profession. How about sharing the stories of the Florences in your tree on your blogs and websites in this International Year of the Nurse?