In celebration of the contribution that nurses make to the work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and to humanitarian action in general, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has established the ICRC Florence Nightingale Medal. Every two years the ICRC invites its National Red Cross Societies to nominate candidates who have distinguished themselves by ensuring that vulnerable people receive care, including in the difficult circumstances of conflict and disaster.
The object of this Medal is to honour nurses and nursing aides who have distinguished themselves in time of peace or war by:
- exceptional courage and devotion to the wounded, sick or disabled or to civilian victims of a conflict or disaster, and
- exemplary service or a creative and pioneering spirit in the areas of public health or nursing education.
ICN encourages all NNAs to consider recommending candidates for consideration to your National Red Cross Societies.
Please note that all candidates MUST be presented directly by National Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies before 1st March 2013.
In an effort to raise the awareness of the nursing community to the existence of this medal, copies of the regulation and application form have been forwarded to ICN national nurses associations. Candidates will be eligible for the award only if the nominations are presented with a completed questionnaire signed by the Red Cross or Red Crescent Society.
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