International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Florence was the founder of modern nursing. She embodied the character traits of selflessness and compassion which  make nurses heroes.


The theme for 2022 is  'Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health.'

Students from Pullman, Washington honor nurses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Aiden Burgher

"Heesoo Kreps is my aunt. She is also a Registered Nurse in Ventura, California. She works in an emergency room at Community Memorial Hospital. She is my hero because she is on the frontline to help people with Covid-19. She has a young son and husband to take care of too. I love Heesoo because she has always played with me. She makes every day I ever spend with her fun. She makes the most amazing food, and I always enjoy eating it all. She always has a lot of cool stories to tell and is always so welcoming. I think she is probably the best nurse because she is really nice. I bet it is really hard for the patients to be away from their families, but I know that my aunt Heesoo is there to comfort them. But I also think it is probably really hard on my aunt to have to be strong for these patients. For all these reasons she is my hero." 

Nevaeh Lacy

"We all know about how these doctors and nurses in the hospital have been taking care of patients with this Coronavirus situation. I personally just want to say thank you. Thank you for continuing to risk your lives every day to take care of us. I can't imagine how tired and sad you are to not be able to see your family, and always fearing to get the virus. You guys are the definition of the the phrase 'Not all heroes wear capes.' I just want to let you know that I believe in you and appreciate everything you do every single day! 

Karli Johnston

"One of the many heroes in the coronavirus are nurses and doctors. These people are working countless hours to try to fight this virus. Some of them have not seen their families for weeks, some even months. As we sit at home, they are working hard to try to get down the number of people that have Covid-19.

Nurses are risking their lives just to keep others safe. Although they are being as safe as they can, they are still exposing themselves to the virus. Many people have died from the coronavirus, and doctors are right there with all the people who have been affected. They are trying to work as quickly as they can because they have to keep healing people until they are able to go home, so that they can bring more people into the hospital if they have the virus.

They are helping us so much in this scary time. Doctors and nurses are a essential part to get over this coronavirus; they are one of the many heroes in the coronavirus."

Molly Deen

"Imagine putting your life on the line every day to help others, working more than 12 hours and getting rashes from medical equipment such as masks. That's what healthcare professionals are doing every day to give us a healthy and coronavirus-free life. Healthcare professionals are working very hard to keep the coronavirus from spreading, find a vaccine for the virus, and keep the virus from getting to them and their families. Healthcare professionals are my coronavirus heroes by risking their lives to keep me from getting the virus."


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Nurses are vital to the health and wellbeing of their communities. These nurses have dedicated their lives to serving others in difficult times. 


Rachel Gemara: Nursing COVID-19 Patients in Israel

By: Ruth Ebenstein
Rachel Gemara is an oncology nurse in Jerusalem who treated patients with COVID-19 at a popup unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

Aileen Cole Stewart: Called to Serve

By: MY HERO Staff
Aileen Cole Stewart made history as one of 18 African American nurses to serve in the Army Nurse Corp during WWI.


By: Laura Nietzer
Laura's hero is her sister-in-law Marianne, a nurse who is helping patients with the coronavirus.

Alexandra Alexander

By: Lavern DeLima
Alexandra Alexander is an ER nurse in Queens who is helping patients with COVID-19.

Listen & Read Along

The following story has a link so you can hear the audio as you read. Great for ESL students and the visually impaired!

Clara Barton

By: Abbey Baxter Burks
Clara Barton was known as the 'Angel of the Battlefield.'

Florence Nightingale

By: Gretchen from Vermont
Florence Nightingale was a British social reformer credited with revolutionizing the field of nursing.

Call to Action | Thank a Nurse

Nurses have been putting their lives in danger because of COV-ID 19. Today, find a nurse and say thank you.


Mary , nurse and hotelier who offred assistance to soldiers in the Crimean War

By: Albert Charles Challen, 1869

National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, a professional organization founded by Mary Mahoney in 1908

By: unknown

Nurse Giving Shots by Doug Miller, illustration of public health nurse

By: Doug Miller

The Nurse by a Romanian student who wishes to be a nurse aiding the sick

By: Cosmina Jucan from Cluj-Napoca, Romania


These films feature remarkable nurses and doctors who are nurturing the world back to health. We praise their heroic efforts!

Baby Malick and Federica

Cheikh Darou Seck
This video is about the heart disease and miraculous recovery of my baby boy, Serigne Malick Seck.

A Moment of Compassion

Brenda Goodman
On the border of Mexico and the USA, Tijuana Native , Dr. Patricia Gonzalez-Zuniga and her team of American and Mexican interns and residents provide care and compassion for anyone in need with their street clinic THE WOUND CLINIC.

Mother Mary

Produced by:Cheikh Darou Seck from Senegal, AFRICA
Mother Mary works to help children affected by AIDS in Senegal.

Celebrating the incredible work of Nurses through the MY HERO Coronavirus Art Competitions:

RN Warrior

By: Jorge Garza

My Heroes: Doctors and Nurses

By: Mukarram

Nurse World

By: Heather Strazza
During the covid-19 pandemic nurses everywhere are helping to keep our world safe.

Amazing Nurses

By: Julienne Park
Covid 19 community heroes

"Save one life, you’re a hero. Save 100 lives, you’re a nurse.” 

Doctors and Nurses

By: Anara Amir

Thank you Doctors and Nurses

By: Hana Berseneva
Coronavirus pandemic community heroes.

My Hero: Doctors and Nurses

By: Sara Punjwani

Nurses are Human by Birth and Heroes by Choice

By: Zahub Siddiqui

Nurses are heroes too

By: Angelina Nguyen

Related Pages: Fnd more Nurse Heroes in the Showcase below.

Nurse Heroes

By: MY HERO Staff
MY HERO Celebrates Nurses

Check out our Coronavirus Art Contest Winners from 2021 and 2022

Coronavirus Art Contest Winners: Fall 2021
Credit: MY HERO
Coronavirus Student Art Contest Finalists
Credit: MY HERO 2022


Our Curators


The following program of short films was curated by MY HERO International Film Festival director Wendy Milette


MY Hero Stories curated by MY HERO general editors and writers Deborah Neff and Abigail Richardson.

365 Days of Heroes

Organizer created on 4/13/2012 3:06:02 PM by Becky Miller

Last edited 5/11/2022 12:46:32 PM by Abigail Richardson