International Nurses' Day

Each year, International Nurses' Day is celebrated around the world on May 12th to mark the vital contribution nurses make to our society. In Australia, celebrations are held during the week that includes May 12. DJ Creations sells 55mm button badges to help celebrate this special occasion. Since 2000, over 280 000 badges have been sold in Australia.


The International Council of Nurses initiated International Nurses' Day in 1971 on May 12th. This date marks the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Each year the International Council of Nurses, uses a different theme to draw attention to important issues. The theme for 2016 is "Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving health systems' resilience" In the past, such themes as women's health, healthy ageing, health in the workplace, environmental health, school health, immunization, adolescent health, cost-effectiveness of nursing services, primary health care and nursing research have been the focus of attention.

About the International Council of Nurses

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of national nurses' associations (NNAs), representing nurses in more than 120 countries. Founded in 1899, ICN is the world's first and widest reaching international organisation for health professionals. Operated by nurses for nurses, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.

More information about International Council of Nurses can be found at

Celebrations in Australia

Like many countries around the world, Australia recognises and celebrates lnternational Nurses' Day on May 12th. Each state generally coordinates their own promotional activities, with involvement from the various Nurses' Unions and government bodies.

lnternational Nurses' Day provides an opportunity to thank nurses for their commitment and hard work and recognise the contribution that nurses make to the health and well-being of our society.

Button Badges

Wearing a button badge on lnternational Nurses' Day is one way, of promoting the nursing profession and being proud of what this represents. They are sold to nurses at all hospitals and nursing homes in Australia. Flyers promoting the badges are posted in late February each year. Since the year 2000, over 247 000 badges have been sold nationally.

Camp Quality

An important aspect of selling badges to nurses is the donation it generates to Camp Quality. 25% of the gross earnings from the sale of the badges (excluding postage costs) are donated each year. The total amount donated to the Camp Quality to date is $195 277.00

More About International Nurses' Day

This Year's Badges Available for Purchase

  • Message A

    Nurses make all the difference!

  • Message B

    Nursing... healing, sharing. Always caring

  • Message C

    Nurses are awesome!

  • Message D

    Save one life, you're a hero. Save 100 lives, you're a nurse!

  • Message E

    Caring is the essence of nursing

  • Message F

    Nurses... Tender care, Always there

  • Message G

    If love can't cure it, nurses can!

  • Message H

    Helping hands, Healing hearts

previous badge designs

ordering badges

Badge orders for 2019 are now available.

Badges are still available, except for Message G

It may be difficult to get your order to you by International Nurses' Day if it is placed after Monday May 6th

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DJ Creations supports Camp Quality through the sale of badges by making a contribution each year. In 2018, $12209.00 was donated.
Since the year 2000, a total of $207486.00 has been donated to support children living with cancer.

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