“International Nurses Day” International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated around the world on 12 May of each year, to mark the contributions nurses make to society. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day since 1965. Each year, ICN prepares and distributes the International Nurses’ Day Kit. The kit contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses everywhere. A short poem on Nurses – Hands that turn caring into action Touch that turns compassion into comfort Smiles that turn love into healing… This is the art of nursing.