International Nurses Day
International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12. Reuters

International Nurses Day is celebrated across the globe every year on May 12 in recognition of the birthday of the indelible founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. Nursing is one of the most respected professions in the world that involves selfless hard work and commitment. At times, the job can be exhausting but still nurses remain the backbone of the health care system with their love and care towards each patient.

Nurses are the unsung heroes who bring a new life into the world, care unconditionally for the sick and injured and unfortunately sometime watch patients pass away whom they nursed lovingly. On International Nurses Day, people acknowledge the hard work, long shift hours and emotional pressure they go through in their daily routine.

In 2017 the theme is 'Nursing: A voice to lead – Achieving the sustainable development goals'. In observance of the holiday, IBTimes Singapore has rounded a few quotes that celebrate the everyday contributions of the nurses.

Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon. —Dag Hammarskjold, Swedish diplomat

The character of a nurse is just as important as the knowledge he/she possesses. -- Carolyn Jarvis (Canadian television journalist)

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution. — Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-American artist, poet

Nurses are the heart of healthcare. — Donna Wilk Cardillo, Career Guru for Nurses

It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate. — Quintilian, Roman rhetorician

How can anybody hate nurses? Nobody hates nurses. The only time you hate a nurse is when they're giving you an enema. — Warren Beatty, American actor

To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can, in spite of all we go through; is to be a nurse. — Rawsi Williams, nurse

America's nurses are the beating heart of our medical system. — Barack Obama, Former US President

The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest. — William Osler, Canadian physician

Caring is the essence of nursing. — Jean Watson, American nurse theorist