The White Heart: A Universal Symbol of Nursing

Universal symbol of Nursing is White Heart!

The White Heart: Universal Symbol of Nursing

The white heart was officially launched as a universal symbol for nursing in 1999, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the International Council of Nurses. The symbol is meant to characterize the caring, knowledge and humanity that infuse the work and spirit of nursing. The white heart is also a unifying symbol for nurses globally.

White was selected because it brings together all colors, demonstrating nursing’s acceptance of all people. White also has a world-wide association with nursing, caring, hygiene and comfort. The heart shape communicates humanity and the central place that nursing has in quality health care.

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