THE WHITE HEART SYMBOL OF NURSING
Wear or offer a white heart to colleagues and friends! You will remind the world around you of the value and proud tradition 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 colours, 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.
Wear or give a white heart pin. You will remind the world around you of the value and proud tradition of nursing.