Media Release 2/2024 International Nurse’s Day 12 May 2024

10 May 2024



DATE                             :   Friday 10 May 2024


International Nurses Day is celebrated globally on 12 May each year. The theme for this year is:  Our Nurses. Our Future. The economic power of care.

The South African Nursing Council, the regulatory body for nurses in South Africa, would like to wish all nurses a happy International Nurses Day.

Prof. Ntombifikile Mtshali, SANC Registrar and CEO affirming the ICN 2024 International Nurses Day Theme says: “Nurses are vital to the sustainability and effectiveness of healthcare systems, making the economic investment in nursing a priority. Without nurses, the right to healthcare for all cannot be achieved.


Nursing is a noble profession which requires the highest degree of professionalism, ethical leadership and practice, resilience, dedication and care. The health system cannot function without nursing as its backbone – a lesson that was learnt by all during the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the world reports on nursing workforce point to a dire and chronic shortage of nurses, and never has the time been more apt to invest more in nursing than right now. The International Nurses Day presents an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the incredible work of all the nurses; their selfless contribution to saving lives and providing quality of care to all.  To reiterate the words of the ICN President, Pamela Cipriano:  Nursing is not a cost, it is an investment into our economy, as a healthy economy requires healthy minds and bodies to support it, making nursing’s economic and societal benefits a key consideration.”

Join us today in showing appreciation for every nurse working tirelessly towards the health of this nation.




Issued by:

Mrs. Adri van Eeden

Senior Manager:  Communication and Marketing

South African Nursing Council



Tel:  012 426-9542


Official Spokesperson and person to be quoted:

Prof NG Mtshali

Registrar and CEO:  SA Nursing Council


For more information or to arrange for an interview with the Spokesperson, please contact                                       

Mrs. Adri van Eeden on Tel. (012) 426-9542 or email:


Ms. P Moloi on Tel. (012) 420-1017 or email:

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